Breaking free from an abuser is extremely difficult and can be a very stressful and trying time for mothers and their children. Common misconceptions about Child Protective Services can make things harder, or even make victims hesitant to leave their abuser.
Here are some key things to remember about CPS, their role, and your rights as a survivor of domestic abuse:
Family Services of Southeast Texas announced this week that they will expand their Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program to include a weekly class in Orange. “Our classes in Beaumont and Port Arthur have been very successful,” said Executive Director Janet Walker. “We are excited to expand the services we offer in Orange County.”
The Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is an effective way to hold family violence offenders accountable for their behavior. It teaches
If you are a victim of domestic violence, your partner may be mandated to attend, or is considering attending our Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program to change abusive behavior. This is what you should know: What is your role?
Perpetrators of domestic violence can change. At Family Services, we have a Texas accredited Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program that is extremely successful.
Because our goal is to strengthen the family, we do not demonize or judge the batterer. Instead we focus on helping them confront their abusive behaviors that center around their fundamental beliefs about power and control in relationships.
This video is a candid interview with a male batterer who has completed the program at another agency.
15 volunteers from the US Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit in Port Arthur, Entergy, and other members of the community came together at the Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter for a big one-day project.
At Family Services, we provide emergency safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Most of the victims we help are women and children seeking a way to escape an abusive family situation.
What some don’t know is that we also work very hard with perpetrators of violence (batterers) to break the cycle of violence.
The Power and Control Wheel is an extremely useful tool (developed by The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project) that we use as a part of our curriculum in our Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program and also with women who come to our shelter.
At the Family Services Counseling Center, we teach people how to manage their anger. We begin with helping people understand that anger is a feeling – and feelings are OK. Its not wrong to become angry. Anger is a normal and necessary emotion. It is a very important defense mechanism. Anger helps protect and motivate us from being mistreated or taken advantage of.
But being angry all the time can cause all types of problems, from general health issues to relationship and work problems. And what causes problems for many people, men and women alike, is how they deal with their anger.
Worsening health status and stagnating productivity are major concerns of employers nationwide.
Some employers are experiencing alarming increases in absence rates due to the growing number of claims for short- and long-term disability and Family Medical Leave.
Stress is a major concern for employers and managers, and mental health and substance-use conditions continue to be a leading cause of illness and lost productivity for most employers.
Factors that can affect business performance include:
- mental health conditions
- sleep problems
- family problems
- financial problems
These factors reduce productivity and increase both planned and unplanned absences. Many of these factors are either preventable or modifiable.
Generally speaking, Employee Assistance Programs provide value in three ways:
One in five adults experience a mental health disorder each year.1
Mental health issues can be more disabling than deafness or severe vision loss.2
More Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents.3
The way that each of us views mental health can impact those around us. Consider this: If someone you were close to was in poor physical health wouldn’t you do everything you could to help them heal?
85% of domestic violence victims are women. Here in Southeast Texas, the percentage is even greater. At Family Services, we help victims of domestic violence (men and women) by providing them and their children shelter from their abuser.
We help batterers (men and women) break the cycle of violence.
But there are things every man can do to help prevent violence against women.