What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. It may involve children, neighbors, and other people in the home. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE &
ANGER MANAGEMENT


 

Domestic Violence & Anger Management Program

Southwest Counseling Service provides mental health and substance abuse services for adults, children, adolescents and families.

Southwest Counseling's Domestic Violence and Anger Management Programs provide group and/ or individual treatment for individuals who have committed domestic battery. Individuals are generally court-ordered into the program and are required to complete treatment.

The truth is, mental illness can happen to anybody regardless of age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, economic status or location.

"More than 50% of domestic violence victims are between the age of 18 - 33 years old."

Source: Wyoming Survey
& Analysis Center

Program Philosophy

Southwest Counseling Service believes:

  • The victim is not responsible for the violence and the abuse directed at them. The perpetrator is responsible for their behavior.
  • Intervention with people who batter requires a value-laden and directive approach, meaning clinician’s are not neutral observers with the clients.
  • Behavioral changes is the first priority of the clinician with a violent client. The violence must stop first.
  • Intervention designed to end violence and abusive behavior is a long-term process.

 

"75% of domestic violence offenders
are male and 25%
are female."

Source: Wyoming Survey
& Analysis Center

YOUR SAFETY FIRST

If you are a victim of Domestic Violence help is available from many agencies including Southwest Counseling Service.

CALL 9-1-1 IN AN EMERGENCY

You have the right to file a criminal complaint and the right to go to the county or district court and file/request the following:

  • An order restraining your attacker from abusing you.
  • An order directing your attacker to leave you household.
  • An order preventing your attacker from entering your residence.
  • An order restraining your attacker from interfering with minor children in your custody.


GROUPS

Domestic Violence Group:

This includes group and individual treatment for court-ordered adults convicted of a misdemeanor or felony which involved violence in the home. Members are required to attend a minimum of 36 group sessions and up to 6 individual sessions to complete the program.

Anger Management Group:

This includes group and individual treatment for court-ordered adults. Members are required to attend 12-24 group sessions may require individual sessions all at the discretion of the clinician.

 

Group Components

During treatment, clients are challenged on their beliefs concerning the use of violence and are taught many tools and components that include:

  • Alternatives to violence
  • Violence and abuse are responses chosen out of a range of potential behaviors
  • Choices vs. Excuses
  • Defining domestic violence
  • Identifying the cycle of violence and how to end the cycle
  • Healthy expressions of anger
  • Healthy conflict resolution strategies
  • Communication skills
  • Identifying and expressing feelings other than anger

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

CALL 9-1-1 IN AN EMERGENCY

 

Southwest Counseling Service complies with National and State Agency recommendations for the treatment of Domestic Violence and Anger Management.

The U.S. Department of Justice, The National Violence Against Women’s Office, The National College of District Attorneys and the Wyoming Coalitions Against Domestic Violence all believe that mediations, treatment or counseling for couples together when only the perpetrator has been court ordered may compromise victim safely and is s not recommended. Southwest Counseling Service follows this recommendation.

 

Domestic Violence Program

The Domestic Violence Program provides group and individual treatment for court-ordered adults convicted of a misdemeanor or felony which involved violence in the home. For more information about this program, please call (307) 352-6680.

Men’s Domestic Violence Group Meetings

Wednesdays
5:30 - 8:00 pm
1124 College Drive

Women’s Domestic Violence Group Meetings

Wednesdays
2:00 - 4:00 pm
1124 College Drive

 

 

Anger Management Program

The Anger Management Program provides group and individual treatment for court-ordered adults. For more information about this program, please call (307) 352-6680.

This program lasts 14 weeks.

Men’s Anger Management Group Meetings

Thursdays
5:30 - 7:30 pm
2300 Foothill Blvd.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Women’s Anger Management Group Meetings

Wednesdays
1:00 - 3:00 pm
2300 Foothill Blvd.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

 

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