Georgia and 42 other states have FVIP standards that differentiate FVIPs
from anger management, substance abuse treatment, conflict resolution,
and psychotherapy. Anger management programs focus on anger as the
impetus for violence (Gottlieb, 1999). In anger management, violence is
primarily seen as a reactionary behavior and as a result of a triggering
factor. However, FVIPs are specifically designed to intervene with
perpetrators of intimate partner violence. In FVIPs, violence is viewed
as learned behavior that is primarily motivated by a desire, whether
conscious or unconscious, by the abuser to control the victim (Adams,
2003). Violence is seen as one of many forms of abusive behaviors chosen
by abusers to control their intimate partners and family members,
including physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse.
MEN’S GROUP – WOMEN’S GROUP – LGBTQI GROUP
It is neither realistic nor possible to completely eliminate anger and violence, therefore, the goal of the Family Violence Intervention Program is to learn how to cope with and express anger without resorting to violence. In FVIP classes, we discuss the difference between anger, hostility, aggression, and violence, so that participants can appropriately define and express their experience.
Additionally, the Family Violence Intervention Program FVIP classes curriculum is designed to address the effects of anger on the body, behavior, mind and how it can lead to violence. These interactive FVIP classes include various case studies and scenarios that address specific, anger-inducing situations in order to facilitate group dialogues related to appropriate and healthy responses.
Additionally, clients will be challenged to objectively question their initial reactions and consequently reframe it to a healthier perspective to reduce emotional saliency and regain self-control.