Domestic Violence Program

Community Health Services is licensed by The State of Arizona, Department of Behavioral Health Services as an approved Domestic Violence service agency and is a licensed behavioral health service agency, outpatient clinic. Community Health Services is licensed to provide individual, group and family counseling and Domestic Violence as well as DUI and substance-abuse treatment programs.

Community Health ServicesCommunity Health Services' Domestic Violence Program is a culturally competent, multi-modal, cognitive-behavioral treatment program designed for persons charged with domestic violence offenses under ARS § 13-3601. The Domestic Violence Program purports that assaultive behaviors often stem from reactions to daily stressors, family dynamics, learned aggression, cultural norms, social attitudes, poor communication, and poor problem-solving skills which are often exacerbated by addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Defining and recognizing anger as an emotion and violence as one expression of anger with its accompanying self-destructive aspects, are emphasized throughout the program.

Community Health Services is dedicated to the development and exchange of information based on the evolving research of domestic violence treatment and prevention. The goal of the domestic violence program is an immediate and complete cessation of violence in domestic violence cases. We have developed a model that incorporates several theories and approaches of psychotherapy while focusing on abuse. The Community Health Services' program is based on a cognitive/behavioral psychoeducational approach.

The goals of the Domestic Violence treatment program include:
Stopping violent, controlling behavior
Accepting personal responsibility for abusive behavior
Committment to change
Understanding unique factors in the violence cycle
Mastering new behaviors

The cognitive behavioral therapeutic model provides an opportunity for individuals to change behaviors and make new choices in their reaction to conflict. Individuals are continually assessed for mental disorders and addiction problems and appropriate referral is made to address these individual needs. The Domestic Violence groups are gender-specific and offered in both Spanish and English.

The Program is based on current research and Best Practices standards that support the premise that assaultive behaviors stem from a variety of causes ranging from social programming to deficits in behavioral skills. During the group sessions, participants are encouraged to examine personal responsibility, values, goal setting, personal beliefs, and self-image, as well as learn and demonstrate new behavioral skills. The weekly two-hour group sessions are conducted in 26*, 36, and 52 week segments to comply with Arizona Department of Health Services regulations. Severity and frequency of abuse determine number of sessions required. Responsibility and accountability are the cornerstones to Community Health Services' programs.

* The Arizona DHS regulatory minimum.

Domestic Violence Treatment Components
Personal Responsibility
Misuses of Power
Understanding Belief Systems
Intimacy & Relationships Guidelines
Anger Expression
Self-Defeating Behavior
Power & Control
Assertive Training
Healthy Boundaries
Stress Management
Addiction & Co-addiction
New Behavioral Skills
Gender Role Stereotyping
Guidelines for Relapse Prevention

Alcohol addiction and/or substance abuse contributes to aggression and impaired behavior. Therefore, substance abuse must be addressed before a person can learn and incorporate new behavioral skills. In the Domestic Violence Program, the clients are referred to treatment for alcohol or drug abuse when warranted.

Free Victims' Counseling is offered to all victims of Domestic Violence. These groups are also appropriate for all children over eight (8) years of age. The victims' groups are two (2) hour sessions offered weekly in both Spanish and English. Victims are contacted after the offender's assessment to determine safety issues, lethality potential, and to advise them of our FREE victims' groups.

The twenty-six (26) to fifty-two (52) week program provides a structured group format that is both didactic and psycho-educational. The Domestic Violence Program meets once a week for two (2) hours. Each group has a maximum of fifteen (15) clients. Attendance, punctuality and participation are mandatory and homework is assigned. If alcohol or drug abuse has been assessed, additional groups are incorporated into the treatment plan and must be completed for program compliance. Program outcomes are measured to determine participants' changes in behaviors, attitudes and beliefs relating to conflict and relationships.

Because of the potential seriousness of domestic violence offenses, the treatment plan can be modified during the treatment process when additional information becomes available. If the client reoffends or is not making progress during the treatment process or is assessed as needing additional group sessions or substance abuse treatment, the treatment plan is amended.

A 2000 study of Community Health Services' Domestic Violence Program found that of program completers, the recidivism rate was only 2%. Studies have demonstrated through the years the effectiveness of Community Health Services' Treatment Programs.

Phone 480-949-8871

Fax 480-949-9723

"Rehabilitation and progress toward that end is measured by the client's commitment to change."

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