Challenging violence and the abuse of power in all its forms;
​ Working to increase safety and justice for the abused; 
Insisting on accountability for the abuser

What is RESOLV?

The RESOLV Project is a non-profit program offering cognitive-behavioral educational classes designed to help individuals be accountable for and change their abusive behaviors.
The word RESOLV is an acronym which stands for: 
Recognising - Exposing - Stopping - Our - Learned - Violence.

The acronym "RESOLV" reflects the Project's philosophy. We believe every person is capable of violence and many of us have learned to use and justify violence and other abusive behaviors, often from an early age.

We believe each of us must recognize and admit our own abusive behaviors by reporting them openly and honestly (exposing them) without making excuses.  Further, we believe each of us must make a commitment toward stopping our learned violence by challenging the destructive beliefs and permissions we have used to justify it and by learning new skills for responding to triggers of conflict and stress.

Mission

The mission of the Project is "to initiate, encourage, and assist community efforts which reduce family and interpersonal violence". The Project seeks to accomplish this "by providing relevant information, education, and coordination of resources for individuals, schools, organizations, businesses, faith communities, and other groups".

The Project serves primarily Whitfield and Murray Counties; however, referrals also come from adjacent counties and states.  
While the majority of candidates for courses are referred by the criminal justice system, referrals also come from social service agancies, employers, private counselors, physicians, attorneys and pastors. 

Philosophy


The RESOLV Project believes that the use of violence, intimidation, and other abusive or controlling behavior in a relationship are:
  • Learned by seeing others do it
  • Reinforced by a lack of consequences
  • Encouraged by societal and family messages which support destructive attitudes about privilege and power

RESOLV believes that most people, given new expectations, meaningful consequences for unacceptable behaviors, plus some new and practical alternatives; can learn to use non-abusive behaviors to work out differences.


It is our desire to see more opportunities for young and old alike to:

  • Learn conflict resolutions skills 
  • Become more tolerant of our many human differences and celebrate our diversity
  • Challenge all use of violence in our families and communities
  • Speak up everywhere for liberty, safety and justice for all persons

History


The RESOLV Project's first Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) class was held on May 11, 1995 with six participants. In less than a year the referrals outnumbered the maximum class size of sixteen and an additional weekly class was started. A bilingual interpreter was added to the team to provide simultaneous instruction in Spanish during the English classes until a Spanish-only class was begun in 1998. In 1997, The RESOLV Project began to offer a basic Anger Management skill-building course (ANG). Soon after that, an Alternative Behavior Course (ABC) was begun for persons convicted of property crimes.  While the overwhelming majority of Familiy Violence Intervention candidates have been men, the Project found it necessary to provide a supportive course for women charged with intimate partner violence. The Women's Violence Recovery Program (WVR)  was implemented in 2001 and carefully designed to avoid re-victimization of women whose violence was in response to her own partner's controlling violence. 

Currently, RESOLV conducts nine FVIP classes, two Anger Management classes, two WVR classes, and one ABC class each week. To continue to deliver a quality educational experience to its clientele, the Project staff regularly attends ongoing trainings and routinely revises and updates the course curriculum materials. 

Today, the Project has the reputation both locally and state-wide as one of the best programs of its type in Georgia. The Project works closely with victim advocates in the community and the State to assure its policies and activities do not further victimize or endanger battered women. The Project has a close working relationship with the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center and with the Conasauga Circuit Family Violence Task Force including the key member agencies of that organization. 
    

Methodology


  
RESOLV employs a variety of traditional methods for facilitating learning.  Each of the courses (services) has somewhat different issues for which it is designed to provide education/intervention.  All methods are grounded in modern educational science.
 
However, a critical step in every participant’s (student’s) progress is to begin claiming personal accountability for their own thoughts and actions. Participants are guided to reflect on the harm they have done to others and themselves whether intentional or not and to accept full responsibility for those actions including all the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings that have previously offered permission and excuses for those actions.  Focusing on the negative behaviors is not to promote shame but to discourage minimizing and denial.
 
In the group (class) setting, RESOLV facilitators create a context in which members of the group verbalize and demonstrate accountability and expect it of each other rather than colluding with and excusing each other’s behaviors. An atmosphere of “we are all in this together and can learn and change together” is encouraged.  While it is uncomfortable to acknowledge and claim responsibility for destructive behavior, in reality it is actually empowering because it changes the mindset from “I can’t help it” to “I choose what I say and do”.  This helps reject the disempowering effect of believing one is a helpless victim and replaces it with confidence to change how one responds to frustration, conflict, and other difficult problems.  This in turn enhances one’s self-respect and respect from the group.  
 
In the classroom, group encouragement of individual accountability is paired with a second important technique: discovering and putting into practice new thinking and new behaviors.  Participants are guided to use their imagination (and other participants’ ideas) to design, visualize, and rehearse strategies for interrupting detrimental habits and impulses.  A curriculum of educational modules and exercises for each RESOLV’s courses provides structure and direction for presenting and discussing the pertinent material.  Group members are asked to reflect on how their new behaviors are working and receive feedback from the other members including the facilitator.
 
 
 
  
    
Abused?

If you are in danger and need help immediately, call:
911​​

For information about help and support in your community, call:
1-800-33-HAVEN

To talk with an advocate in the Northwest Georgia area, call:
706-278-5586

Other Helpful Links

Visit our Facebook page

Georgia Commission on Family Violence
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
www.gcfv.org
www.gcadv.org

  
Community Partners
  

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We work closely with these organizations to promote a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

  
  

Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center (NWGFCC)

Conasauga Drug Court (CDC)

Conasauga Domestic Violence Court (CDVC)