Domestic Violence Intervention
Domestic Violence Intervention
IMPACT is a NC-certified program for men* age 16+ who acknowledge or have been found to have abused, coerced or controlled their partners or former partners (domestic violence, or DV). Participants are often mandated to attend as part of a court order, a legal agreement or a case plan; however, men who have not been involved with law enforcement or the courts, but simply know their control or abuse has escalated and want help, may also attend. Participants are enrolled after an IMPACT intake assessment. Because it is important to work as part of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR); the IMPACT fee covers: court appearances for regular reviews; coordination of services with DSS; case planning; and referrals for assistance with substance abuse, mental health, parenting, housing, etc.
IMPACT is accountable to domestic violence victims and to the community for providing the best services available to abusers in order to increase the safety of their families. We offer a 26-week group program with weekly meetings using IMPACT curriculum, based on a nationally recognized program called HEAL (formerly ADA). The curriculum is adapted for use with our 26-week program; however, we do accept referrals for the entire 52 weeks. Clients appropriate for the 52-week program would include felony offenders, clients who have used weapons, those who have had multiple DV arrests or victims, those who have caused serious injuries, and those who have assaulted children. We can assist with the most appropriate referral by screening your client.
IMPACT staff members help to form a strong network of safety and support by attending court hearings and providing case planning and consultations to fully integrate our services with those of other providers. We follow up with those who complete our program and want to continue the support and growth they experienced during their first 26 sessions.
IMPACT involves the victim by doing random safety checks, providing referrals for victims and their children and notifying them of their abuser's compliance with and status in our program.
We look forward to working with men who want to to learn to listen to, respect and stop threatening or harming their wives/girlfriends and their children.
IMPACT is not an anger management course, although we address anger as one of the many factors of domestic violence. We do not provide direct services to victims. We do not provide or promote couples' counseling because doing so perpetuates a myth that DV is a couples' problem and that victims are equally responsible for the abuse—they are not. We also cannot assess for DV; there is no process for self-standing clinical assessments as DV is not a diagnosable problem. We are happy to make referrals to other services in the community when needed.
*IMPACT only works with men at this time; therefore, we refer to men as the abusers and women or other men as the victims; we understand, however, that men can be and are also abused.