Alternatives to Violence (ATV) is dedicated to stopping domestic violence by changing the behavior that causes it. The program teaches alternatives to anger, rape, fear, isolation, and desperation that are part of the abusive relationship. The goal is to enable abusers to identify alternative ways of dealing with emotions without the use of violence. Participants may voluntarily take part in the program, however, most are referred by the judicial system.
PHILOSOPHY OF ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE
When it comes to violence, it is important for victims to remember that:
Apologies and remorse do not stop domestic violence
The period of calm and closeness after an abusive episode does not mean it will never happen again
The only way to change behavior is for the abuser to take responsibility.
THE PEE DEE COALITION OFFERS SEVERAL ATV SERVICES INCLUDING:
26-week group sessions
Criminal justice/legal coordination
Information and referral
Community education and training.
For more information about the ATV program,
call (843) 673-2008.
The offender must ADMIT the abuse.
The offender must
The offender must IDENTIFY the reason for the abusive behavior
The offender must REPLACE the behavior with reasonable alternatives