Purpose of the Program
Catholic Charities' Domestic Violence Program for Men works for social and racial justice change at the local and national level, as well as provides an additional disposition available to integrated domestic violence courts, criminal and civil courts, probation, parole, and child protective services. The program holds male domestic violence offenders (ages 18+) accountable in conjunction with the mandating agent for acts of domestic violence against an intimate female partner. Voluntary, non-mandated, men may also attend the program complying with the same program policies as mandated men. The Domestic Violence Program for Men is a service to mandating agencies and provides an easy referral process, as well as consistent and ongoing compliance status reporting and can accommodate the specific needs of the mandating agent.,
Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program for Men also:
- Recognizes that domestic abuse is a human rights, social, racial and gender justice issue. Group sessions provide an opportunity for men to learn information that can be used to make positive changes.
- Works for systemic social and racial justice change as part of a Coordinated Community Response to ending men’s violence against women; and includes collaboration with police, criminal and civil justice courts, district attorney’s office, probation, parole, child felfare and victim services.
- Is consistent with the standards of the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which prohibits the use of anger management practices.
What Happens in Group Sessions?
- Men may be mandated by the courts, probation, parole, child protective services or other agents of the court and will be required to attend an orientation appointment for enrolling in the program, followed by attendance to a weekly 1½-hour group session for a minimum of 26 sessions. At the discretion of the criminal and civil justice system, men may be ordered to complete a mandate of 26, 40 or 52 sessions based on the seriousness of the offense committed.
- Voluntarily-self-referred men may also attend the Domestic Violence Program for Men for a minimum of 26 weekly sessions.
- Offer information about men’s violence against women from an anti-oppression, social, racial, and gender justice lens;
- Present information on men’s use/misuse of power and control;
- Discuss the effect violence and trauma has on children and family;
- Challenge cultural beliefs and attitudes that men use to justify their violent behavior;
- Present the historical, societal and cultural aspects of domestic abuse from a social-political perspective.
What we have learned
The material and information presented in the Domestic Violence Program for Men is compelling to the degree that if men choose to respect their partner, are able to transform their lives and end their violence.
What Men have said after completing the Program
- ”Great program with well-educated people in charge; very respectful toward the clients and have a genuine belief that people can be better partners and parents. They do a great job!”
- ”The program has helped to show me the changes I need to make to improve my relationships. The class was very informative.”
- ”This program helped me tremendously. The counselor is respectful and understanding.”
- ”This program addresses a need in the community. Keep up the good work!”
- “The DV Program is an opportunity to improve and hopefully is available to everyone.”
Are there fees for the service?
Fees are established on a sliding-scale based according to income and number of dependents.
Fee payment is required at the time service is received.
The Domestic Violence Program for Men staff provide and sponsor annual training opportunities each year attended by domestic violence service providers, court personnel, judges, attorney’s, social workers, batterer program staff (IPV Programs), domestic violence advocates, therapists, and many others. Some of the annual training opportunities include:
- National Training Institute on the NY Model for Batterer Programs in Erie County and the New York City Area
- It’s Time to End Racial Injustice! – A monthly discussion group on current events: work, home, community and national through a racial-justice perspective
- People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – Undoing Racism Workshop (TBA)
- Training on Men’s Violence Against Women to staff at Domestic Violence Program for Battered Women in the Western New York Region and across New York State
- NOMAS (National Organization for Men Against Sexism) – Summer Gatherings are held annually in Buffalo, New York City area or another location across the U.S.
- Staff are regular presenters and keynote speakers at National and International Conferences: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, World Conference for Women Shelters: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Washington, DC; The Hague, The Netherlands; Partners of the Americas: Guyana, South America, and Jamaica
Cattaraugus County Office:
2636 W. State Street, Suite 301, Olean, NY 14760, Phone: (716) 372-0101, Fax: (716) 372-3886
Chautauqua County Offices:
425 Main Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048, Phone: (716) 366-3533, Fax: (716) 363-1184
42 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: (716) 484-9188, Fax: (716) 484-0766
Erie County Office:
525 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 856-4494, Fax: (716) 855-1312
Genesee/Orleans/Wyoming County Office:
25 Liberty Street, Suite 7, Batavia, NY 14020, Phone: (585) 343-0614, Fax: (585) 344-3868
Niagara County Office:
625 Tronolone Place, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, Phone: (716) 282-2351, Fax: (716) 282-0146