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A.W.A.R.E Program

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.


  • Price: $50.00
  • Price: $20.00

Program Structure

After attending an initial assessment, participants attend 36 weekly groups.

A.W.A.R.E. Groups are offered in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska counties.

A.W.A.R.E. programs are comprised of 36 sessions, attended on a weekly basis, 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

There is an initial assessment fee of $50 for the initial A.W.A.R.E. assessment. Each week, participants must also pay a $20 fee to attend. To schedule an assessment appointment, call the WRC office (231-941-1210) during regular business hours.

Benefits from the program include:

  • Non-threatening behavior
  • Respect
  • Trust and support
  • Honesty and accountability
  • Shared responsibility
  • Economic partnership
  • Negotiation and fairness

NEW Home for WRC Men’s Program

We are excited to announce a change in a critical program to our community.

We are happy to share that Second Chance Counseling Center, LLC will be taking over the WRC MENS program on December 1, 2021.

Second Chance is owned-operated by Chance Gawlinski, LLMSW, CADC, who has facilitated a program for batterers in the Petoskey area for six years. Chance is passionate about educating and providing services to people who face substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health issues.
Here are some important details about the transition of the program:

The transition will officially take place on December 1, 2021, and the WRC will continue to provide as-needed support to Second Chance. Second Chance’s programming has been approved by the WRC and aligns with the Duluth Model currently being used.

Second Chance will continue facilitating the program in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traer, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties virtually. They will determine with to move to a hybrid model that will include virtual and in-person groups

Contact: Chance Gawlinski, LLMSW, CADC Office: 702-287-1055


Carl Mormann, WRC MENS Supervisor Office: 231-941-1210

Do you or someone you know need help?

The mission of the Women's Resource Center is to protect, shelter, and empower people impacted by domestic and sexual violence. We're here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide individual and group support and emergency shelter.

Call us at 800-554-4972

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