The Alternatives to Violence Program (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 alternate 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.
In order for the violence to stop, the abuser must:
- Admit the abuse
- Seek help
- Identify the reason for the abusive behavior
- Replace the behavior with reasonable alternatives.
The Pee Dee Coalition offers several ATV services including:
- 26-week group sessions
- Criminal justice/legal coordination
- Case tracking
- Information and referral
- Community education and training.
For more information about the ATV program, call (843) 673-2008.