Violence is an unfortunate part of our culture.
Violence is a learned behavior.
Violence is a stone in the pond—it’s ripples go far beyond the actual offender and victim. COPE Center, by offering services to violent offenders of all ages, male and female alike, seeks to stop the violence before it begins ripping through the larger community. By offering services to victims and children of victims, COPE Center helps break the cycles of violence that can destroy the happiness and well-being of generations of families.
COPE continues to extend individual and family therapy to all persons affected by violence, past or present, to help them effect their healing, and by extension, their families, neighborhoods, communities and cities.
The Batterer’s Intervention Program
COPE offers a Batters’ Intervention Program (BIP). This six-month program creates a process of change in men who batter.
Central to the program is the concept that physical abuse is a tool of power and control over others. Other tools used for control and addressed by the BIP program are coercion and threat, emotional and economic abuse, isolation and intimidation.
The BIP is lead by specially trained mental health professionals, who use psycho-educational classes to introduce new relationship tools to men who are violent. These include negotiation, respect, shared responsibility, honest, trust and accountability.
The program is run on a cyclical basis, with three weeks devoted to analysis of each control mechanism and its appropriate counterpart.
Violence in the Community
COPE Center is committed not just to the treatment of violence, but to the prevention of future violence.
Addressing the problems of domestic violence is an integral part of COPE’s strategy in helping create a better, safer community for our children and our children’s children.
It is true to the point of cliché that children who experience and/or witness relationship violence are more likely to commit and/or experience violence in adulthood than are children raised in more peaceful environments. Many families are enmeshed in cycles of violence, that extend generations in the past, and may reach toward generations in the future.
COPE seeks to break the cycles of violence by bringing the best community mental health professionals together to work with offenders, as they learn to substitute negotiation for abuse, and with victims, as they learn to take responsibility for their safety and that of their children.
Education Groups for Survivors of Relationships Violence
Women and children who are victims of domestic violence are offered psycho-educational classes through COPE.
Women’s groups are designed to provide members with the skills necessary to increase their safety and that of their children. They learn to recognize the tactics of abuse, and the effects on the family. Women develop their own personal safety plans, and explore options for change. They learn of their right not to be abused, and how to assert that right.
Children over the age of four are placed in groups to gain insight into family patterns that do not include abuse, and develop coping skills to deal with the families they love. These children need special care and instruction, if they are to break the cycle of violence that has engulfed their lives so far.
Violence Intervention for Our Community
Violence is a stone in the pond—it’s ripples go far beyond the actual offenders and victims. COPE, by offering services to violent offenders of all ages, male and female alike, seeks to stop the violence before it begins ripping through the larger community. By offering services to victims and children of victims, COPE helps break the cycles of violence that can destroy the happiness and well-being of generations of families.
COPE continues to extend individual and family therapy to all persons affected by violence, past or present, to help them affect their healing, and by extension, their families, neighborhoods, communities and cities.
Making Family’s Healthy
Once families have been identified by the police as having experienced domestic violence, they often feel that they are lost in the system over which they have no control. Their private lives become the public property of courts, attorneys, pretrial services, probation officers, and professionals of all kinds.
COPE’s Comprehensive Violence Intervention Program offers families the tools they need to put their lives back together in a healthy, productive manner. Family members learn to recognize legal authorities as allies in building safe family structure that will not need the intervention of law enforcement officers in the future.
Violence intervention program will not reunite every family that utilizes their services. Often the violence has torn the family beyond repair. What these programs can do is give each individual the means to stop the patterns that have produced abuse.