“It has opened my eyes as to how my behaviour should change under certain circumstances and also given me insight on how to change it.” Former PAR participant
FCC is deeply committed to promoting safety, respect and equality in all relationships and supporting all members of the family. We have been offering groups for men for over three decades. We recognize that many people did not grow up with positive role models of healthy relationships and have witnessed or experienced abuse themselves.
Partner Assault Response (PAR) program is partly funded by the Ministry of The Attorney General (MAG). These twelve week psycho-educational groups are for men and women who have been charged or convicted of domestic violence and mandated to attend by the Crown or Probation and Parole. PAR emphasizes personal accountability and the safety of all members of the family.
UPDATE: As of June 1, 2017, PAR is now available to voluntary clients who do not have any outstanding domestic violence charges. We currently have room in our men’s groups.
Abuse is not only physical violence. There are many forms of abuse that are hurtful and harmful and need to stop…emotional, mental, social, financial, verbal intimidation and sexual abuse and harassment. The earlier the intervention and support offered the better for everyone.
“It has not only had a positive but profound impact on my life as well as my fiancé and loved ones around me.” Former PAR Participant
We are committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental environment where group members learn new skills and tools for forming healthy relationships with others and themselves. Groups are co-led by a trained male and female team. Group members may choose from evening or morning groups.
“I would like to thank the counsellors for the kindness and support. I would go a whole week without someone saying anything positive to me, until group Tuesday night.” Former PAR Participant
Group members pay a minimal fee as part of the accountability process.
To enroll in the program or for additional information, contact the Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge & North Dumfries at (519) 621-5090, and ask for the PAR Coordinator.
Interpreters can be provided to assist non-English speaking clients or clients who are hearing impaired. Interpreters have received special training related to domestic violence. Interpreters follow the agency guidelines in relation to client confidentiality.
Goals of PAR Groups
Group members will:
- be held accountable for their actions;
- develop an understanding of the impact of abuse on others;
- learn positive ways to express feelings and healthy ways of coping with stress;
- practice effective communication and development of healthy relationships;
- develop an understanding of the connection between early learning and current behaviour; and
- explore their views of male-female roles and sexist attitudes.