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

Family Violence Intervention Program

This is a State-certified, 26-week* course for men who have been abusive to their intimate partners (girlfriends, spouses, dating partners, etc.). It is an educational course and support group. It is not treatment or therapy (the use of violence in a relationship cannot be blamed on mental health or substance abuse problems even when those issues are also present). Participants are asked to examine their beliefs, attitudes, and "permissions" about gender privilege, male entitlement, and justifiable violence, and to stop using anger and intimidation to frighten or control others.

Individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor Family Violence in the State of Georgia are normally required to enroll in and complete a program by a certified FVIP provider. In addition to mandated candidates, The RESOLV FVIP also accepts “pre-trial” diversions, referrals from social service agencies, private counselors, faith communities, etc.  RESOLV also welcomes the self-referred (not the same as spouse-referred.....).

The FVIP is not an “Anger Management” course. It is targeted specifically for persons who have used intimidation, abuse and/or violence to control an intimate partner. While anger may play a role in triggering incidents of abuse or in frightening the victim into compliance, a man’s beliefs about male entitlement, rigid gender roles, and any right to control and be dominant, tend to be the real underlying problems in many of these relationships. The primary focus of the FVIP is not anger control (as important as that may be). Instead, it is to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that give men permission to use abuse and violence in intimate partner relationships.  RESOLV rejects anger as an excuse for violent behavior.

Enrollees must first acknowledge their past and present abuse toward any and all intimate partners (regardless of the partners’ behaviors). Men also learn about the nature of domestic violence and its effects on families and children. They learn to recognize and label their own abusive behaviors, challenge common excuses and "permissions" for the behaviors, improve communication, anger management, and conflict-management skills, and they learn to plan and practice new alternatives to intimidation and violence.

Through the use of videos, workbooks, group discussion and other activities, class facilitators encourage participants to work together to reject beliefs and habits that are destructive to intimate relationships. They assist participants in rejecting their controlling behaviors and in finding a healthier empowerment through personal accountability and positive relationship skills.

* A candidate who has completed the 26-week course in the past will be required to complete a 36 week course when seeking enrollment the second time.

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Georgia Commission on Family Violence
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