The Partner Assault Response Program is a specialized education / counselling program for individuals who have been physically violent, emotionally abusive or controlling towards a spouse or intimate partner.
Not all clients will stop their abusive behaviour. Attending a program is not a guarantee of safety.
We believe that most PAR clients would like to be respectful, caring partners. However, we realize that sometimes you don’t act this way. What stops you from being an equal, non-abusive partner?
PAR Program staff are professionals who will treat you with respect. At the same time, they will also encourage you to take responsibility for your behavior. You can expect to learn:
You are not to blame for the abuse. You may feel that if you had acted differently your partner would not have been abusive. This statement is not true. An important message of the PAR Program is that your partner is the only one responsible for the abuse.
If your current or former partner is attending a PAR Program, you will get:
“ I would recommend the PAR Program. It has opened my eyes. I don’t know how much he has gotten out of it, but I know how much I have gotten out of it. I has really helped me make some decisions ”.
“At first I blamed my partner for having to go to classes for abusing someone. Now I will be known as someone that never abused anyone after this program”.