PAR Program Principles:
Abusive behaviour is a choice. The offender’s actions are not accidental. They are chosen with the intent of controlling another person. Since abuse is a choice, the offender can choose to act non-abusively.
Abusive behaviour is not an anger management problem. Research indicates that offenders choose not to use controlling behaviours in the workplace or in the community. The offender’s choice to use violence is rarely seen publicly which is why many victims are not believed when they reveal what has happened.
Abuse is the sole responsibility of the abuser. There is nothing an abused person does to provoke or contribute to abusive behaviour.
Abuse is socially constructed, but individually willed. The PAR program reflects on the relationship between behaviour and the social and cultural values that have supported violence and discrimination against its victims.
Domestic violence offenders have the right to be treated with respect. Holding offenders accountable for their choices is not done in a way that mirrors their abusive or controlling behaviours toward their partner. We are committed to the principles of respect for all and maintaining an individual’s dignity.
Partner Contact supports victim safety by providing information, support, counselling and referrals. Raising awareness about abusers’ beliefs and behaviours is a key element in protecting victims from future abuse
“The most helpful thing about the group was learning how to think in things in a different way and also have to see what a real relationship looks like”
The PAR Program Group Process:
Group Process Fees:
Fees for the 12-week group are on a sliding scale based on annual income. There is no fee for the partner contact portion of the program. Language interpretation services are available if needed.
Groups are available in both Kingston and Napanee (located at the east end of the plaza).
Resolve Counselling Services Canada receives funding from the Ministry of the Attorney General to help support the Partner Assault Response program in Kingston and Napanee.