Violence Prevention Programs

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offers a variety of violence prevention programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce violent reoffending. They include:

Research shows that these programs work. Offenders who complete them are less likely to re-offend after they have been released. They are also less likely to commit new offences. This includes new violent offences.

High Intensity Violence Prevention Program

The high intensity Violence Prevention Program targets men who have been assessed as having a high risk of reoffending violently. The program includes 87 sessions. There are 83 group sessions and 4 individual sessions. Each session is 2 hours long.

The program teaches offenders how to manage themselves, their behaviour and their risk. It also helps them develop problem-solving skills. Offenders learn to manage anger and other emotions related to violence. There is a strong focus on changing attitudes that are related to violence, and resolving conflicts in non-violent ways.

Moderate Intensity Violence Prevention Program

The moderate intensity Violence Prevention Program targets men who have been assessed as having a moderate risk of reoffending violently. The program includes 36 group sessions and 3 individual sessions. Each group session is 2.5 hours long.

The program teaches offenders how to manage themselves, their behaviour and their risk. It also helps them develop problem-solving skills. Offenders learn how to manage anger and other emotions related to violence. There is a strong focus on changing attitudes that are related to violence, and resolving conflicts in non-violent ways.

In Search of Your Warrior Program

In Search of Your Warrior is a high intensity program that targets Aboriginal men offenders with a history of violence. The program consists of 75 group sessions. These include spiritual and ceremonial activities.

The program combines traditional Aboriginal philosophies with western approaches. With the help of Aboriginal Elders, the men develop skills and insight. This includes awareness about anger, violence, family of origin and culture.

Violence Prevention Maintenance Program

After offenders have completed one of the Violence Prevention Programs, they are encouraged to participate in the Violence Prevention Maintenance Program.

The program includes 12 individual or group sessions. Each session is 2 hours long. The program helps the men continue to apply the skills they learned in the previous program. They monitor daily challenges and learn to respond in non-violent ways.