Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP)
This program has been developed and integrated into our organization and structure following the purposes and principles of the Illinois Protocol for Partner Abuse Intervention Program.
Our Program is a multidisciplinary program that implements a psycho-educational curriculum to help our clients to break their cycle of violence that directly affects not only their victims but our entire community. We believe that domestic violence is a psychosocial-conditioned problem in which individuals learn violent and aggressive behaviors and attitudes to use power and control over their victims. Our curriculum uses a feminist methodology combining practices from the DULUTH and the EMERGE models, to help individuals learn the cognitive and behavioral strategies needed to break their cycle of violence and concomitantly be able to create violent-free home environments.
Program’s philosophy and model
We have a curriculum and program’s philosophy focused on victim safety. This curriculum incorporates items from the DULUTH Model and the EMERGE Model in order to enforce the client’s accountability and teaching clients about the cycle of violence.
We believe and are committed to helping our clients understand that domestic violence is motivated by the use of Power and Control against a victim or victims.
Our Partner Abuse Intervention Program is intended to provide culturally sensitive and psychoeducational services to any individual experiencing domestic violence by helping the participant to become accountable for their actions. The program provides them with healthy and non-violent conflict resolution techniques, increase their positive regard for victims and children and understand the negative impact of masculine beliefs in our society.
It is also a goal of the program to help participants to become aware of misogynistic attitudes and teach them the tools necessary to break their cycle of violence and at the same time be able to create a safety plan for their whole family.
We will contact victims periodically throughout the program to ensure that their safety is the program’s main priority. During the victim contact, trained staff will be responsible for providing community referrals, law enforcement advocacy, and guidance on how to obtain orders of protection, referrals to legal advocates, employment and shelter referrals, and mental health services in their community.
It is our mission to create effective modalities to ensure that all of our services focus on the safety of victims and children.
When a client can understand the impact of domestic violence on his family and can learn the importance of internal locus of control, he or she will be able to increase their self-motivation to break their cycle of violence and engage in non-violent behaviors with their partners and children. Understanding the impact of domestic violence on a personal and local level and take personal accountability is our primary goal. We are committed to applying effective, measurable methodologies to ensure that our PAIP participants demonstrate personal growth by applying the mentioned curriculum.
During the program, we will measure their attitude towards the program by conducting an anonymous survey and measuring their goals and objectives by completing a pre-and post-test. These tests will identify the following objectives:
1. Knowledge of Domestic Violence
2. Personal Accountability
3. Impact of Domestic Violence on families