At the WRC, we believe that a coordinated community response is the most effective intervention in domestic violence cases, and the M.E.N.S. and A.W.A.R.E. programs are an important part of that continuum.
- The programs are not a punishment; they provide an opportunity for batterers to change their behavior.
- The programs do not take the place of jail, probation or other monitoring.
- The programs strive to promote increased safety for victims, children and other family members.
- The success of the programs depends on your attitude and motivation.
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Men Exploring Non-Violent Solutions is a program designed for perpetrators of family violence. Battering is not an event. It is a learned behavior in which a person uses many forms of verbal and emotional abuse, in addition to physical abuse, to control others. For 29 years the Women’s Resource Center has offered the Men Exploring Non-Violent Solutions (M.E.N.S.) program for men who have either been arrested on domestic violence charges or who voluntarily wish to make changes in their lives.
Violence and abuse in a relationship are learned behaviors in which a person uses many forms of verbal and emotional abuse, in addition to physical abuse, to control others. The Women’s Resource Center offers A Women’s Anger Reduction and Empowerment (A.W.A.R.E.) program for women who have either been arrested on domestic violence charges or who voluntarily wish to make changes in their lives.
There is an initial assessment fee of $50. Each week, participants must also pay a fee to attend, which is assessed on a sliding scale with a $20 minimum per week. To schedule an assessment appointment, call the WRC office (231-941-1210) during regular business hours.
After attending an assessment, participants attend 36 weekly groups.
M.E.N.S. Groups are offered in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.
A.W.A.R.E. Groups are offered in Benzie, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties.
Both the M.E.N.S. and A.W.A.R.E. programs are 36 weeks long and help individuals end their use of physical violence and other forms of abuse by:
- Identifying and confronting their abusive and controlling behaviors
- Identifying the effects of abuse on victims, including children who witness the abuse
- Promoting responsibility and accountability for their abusive behavior
- Identifying cultural and social influences that contribute to the choice to use abusive behavior
- Identifying and practicing non-threatening and non-abusive forms of behavior
Participants of the program gain:
- Non-threatening behavior
- Trust and support
- Honesty and accountability
- Shared responsibility
- Economic partnership
- Negotiation and fairness