DAP’s Men’s Team serves adult individuals that use abusive behavior with group and individual therapy. Our program is one of few in the area that meets the state requirements for batterers intervention program, and it is the only program to incorporate trauma theory and treatment techniques in its work with men who have used abusive behavior in intimate relationships. The program combines education with cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches, all in a trauma-informed setting. While the role of anger in relationships and abuse is discussed, DAP’s program is not an anger management program. It is much more.

Today, I have two beautiful daughters and a wonderful partner. I have the healthy family I always wanted. Because of DAP, I learned to practice being a loving and compassionate person every day by being in control of my actions. I want to be an example to my daughters of how they should be treated.

“I remember going home crying because I knew I needed to make a drastic change. And I knew this change had to start with me, and it had to start in my home.” Click on the image to read the rest of Jared’s story.

And it works. Since the program’s inception, DAP has conducted follow-up research on client recidivism, and consistently we find that over 90% of men’s program clients had zero domestic abuse arrests within one year of successfully completing the program.

The majority of male participants attend a 24-week program that includes psychoeducation and therapeutic process sessions. Therapists in groups work to frame the issues of domestic violence relative to the larger and more systemic context. In the groups, facilitators encourage peer-to-peer education and accountability, something that can’t be found through individual treatment. In the course of the program, individuals who have used abusive behaviors work to accept responsibility for their actions and give presentations on their plan for building and maintaining equal and interdependent relationships.

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DAP’s Women’s Team works with adult female survivors of domestic violence to help them understand abuse as part of a larger systemic issue and to heal from abuse. Our therapists address mental health issues that result from experiencing domestic abuse, which often include anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and emotional detachment.


Luisa suffered from her husband’s abuse for years. But once her children were grown and out of the house, she began to look for a way out of her toxic marriage. Click on the image to read the rest of her story.

Individual therapy is available for survivors, but our Women’s Group is the cornerstone of DAP’s program. The typical group is small—about 10 participants—and 16 sessions, with childcare included. Each session is led by trained professionals, is organized topically, and is psycho-educational, incorporating both traditional educational styles and processing opportunities. This is in contrast to other programs for survivors, which can offer the support of a community of survivors but not the healing that comes from therapeutic intervention.

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In 1981, DAP began offering therapy programs for youth who have witnessed domestic violence, since we know that they face lifelong challenges to their physical, psychological, and social development. Children—from infants to adolescents—experience so much emotional stress when they witness domestic violence that it can affect the development of their brains. This can lead to behavioral changes, including intense anxiety and irritability, depression, problems with sleeping and incontinence, and trouble in school.

We also know that children who witness or experience domestic violence are much more likely to use violence later in life, in their own intimate relationships. And they face an increased likelihood of substance abuse, juvenile pregnancy, and social isolation.

DAP offers both individual and group therapy services for youth who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence in their homes. The Children’s Group is the cornerstone of the program. A parallel parent group with dinner and childcare is also provided to make the program as accessible as possible. The group is for children ages 6 – 16 and free of charge. For ages 5 – 18, there are three paths available for individual therapy, with focuses on relationship building and healing; skills to cope and feel safe; and crisis intervention.

DAP also works with adolescents who have witnessed abuse in their homes and have begun to use violence with family members or in their dating relationships. Currently, all adolescent programming is handled in individual sessions, which are free of charge.

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“I have been doing this a long time, and you have more stuff I will use than any other program.” Click on the image to read more about CHANGE STEP.

DAP’s CHANGE STEP program is a program created for military service members and veterans who have used abuse in intimate relationships. This program is built on the proven curriculum of the traditional men’s group, but it incorporates the language and tenor of military culture to better respond to the needs of veterans. The program addresses the specific issues that are faced by the veteran community–military culture, deployments, and PTSD– and is built on a thorough understanding of the effects of trauma and violence on a person’s health and well-being. The group meets weekly for 24 weeks and includes both educational topics and group process.

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