Community Bridge is pleased to offer the S.T.O.P. Program in partnership with the Northern John Howard Society of BC in October 2016.
STOP is a group domestic violence prevention program designed for "men who use violence, physical, psychological, sexual, and/or controlling behaviours within their intimate relationships". The course is for adult men, or men under the age of 19 who are living an adult lifestyle.
The program will be offered to men who have not yet been charged or convicted of assault. However, the men must acknowledge abusive behaviours in their relationships and want to make changes. The men's partners may also take part in the program - participating separate from the men, but learning the same knowledge and skills, which contributes to the program's success.
STOP is comprised of 12 - three hour sessions co-facilitated by one male and one female counsellor to model respectful relationships. The men's weekly sessions will start on Monday, October 17th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Community Bridge. The sessions are typically held once a week, however, it is likely that several all day Saturday sessions, which count for two sessions, will be scheduled to shorten the overall length of the program. The women's group will start on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Community Bridge and may also include Saturday sessions.
Referrals - We will accept self-referrals and referrals from community agencies. There is no charge for the program. To ensure enough participants to run the program successfully, we are asking for referrals now. However, please inform those you refer that they may not be contacted until late September, early October. Please fax to 250-785-4659 or scan and send completed referrals to Christine Clark - Clinical Manager - CM@communitybridge.ca. If you have questions or to obtain a referral form, please contact Christine at the email address given or at 250-785-6021 Ext 228.