Family Violence Prevention Programs

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offers a variety of family violence prevention programs. These include:

The goal of these programs is to reduce violence and abuse toward intimate partners.

Offenders may also attend an introductory program called Roadways to Change. This program is used to engage offenders in the program process. It prepares and motivates them so they are ready to participate in family violence programs.

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

High Intensity Family Violence Prevention Program

The high intensity Family Violence Prevention Program targets men who are at high risk of being violent in their intimate relationships. The program consists of 78 group sessions and 8 to 10 individual sessions. Each group session is 2 to 2.5 hours long. The individual sessions are 1 hour long.

The program aims to change harmful behaviours and increase offenders’ sense of responsibility for their actions. It is designed to motivate offenders and to provide awareness and education. The men learn about parenting and how to have healthy non-abusive relationships. They also build skills in relation to thoughts, emotions and positive social behaviour.

Moderate Intensity Family Violence Prevention Program

The moderate intensity Family Violence Prevention Program targets men who are at moderate risk of being violent in their intimate relationships. The program consists of 29 group sessions and at least 3 individual sessions. Each group session is 2 to 2.5 hours long. The individual sessions are 1 hour long.

The program aims to change harmful behaviours and increase offenders’ sense of responsibility for their actions. It is designed to motivate offenders and to provide awareness and education. The men learn how to have healthy non-abusive relationships. They also build skills in relation to thoughts, emotions and positive social behaviour.

High Intensity Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Program

The high intensity Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Program targets Aboriginal men who are at high risk of being violent in their intimate relationships. The program involves Aboriginal Elders. It is designed to be culturally-relevant. There are 75 group sessions and 8 to 10 individual sessions. Each session is 2 hours long. There are also 5 days of spiritual ceremonies.

The program aims to change harmful behaviours and increase offenders’ sense of responsibility for their actions. It is designed to help offenders develop insight and change beliefs that underlie abuse and violence. Offenders learn and practice problem-solving and communication skills. They also learn about parenting and how to have healthy non-abusive relationships.

Family Violence Prevention Maintenance Program

The Family Violence Prevention Maintenance Program is for offenders who have completed the high or moderate intensity Family Violence Prevention program. The program consists of 6 individual or group sessions. Each session is 2 hours long.

This program helps men apply the skills learned in other programs to cope with daily challenges. They must attend at least 6 sessions. These can be spread over a period of 6 months or until their release to the community.