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Partner Assault Response Program


The Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program is a court-ordered domestic violence program funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. PAR promotes non-violent and non-controlling attitudes and behaviours for men and women who have assaulted their partners (past or present). The program encourages men and women to recognize and accept responsibility for their assaultive behaviour. It assists participants in changing their belief system about power and control issues. The program also enhances victim safety through confidential outreach to victims who have been abused.

During the 12-week PAR Program, the following topics are reviewed:

  • Types of abuse.
  • Non-physical abuse.
  • Effects of abuse.
  • Changing – self-talk.
  • Overcoming denial and taking responsibility.
  • Anger management.
  • Cycles of abuse.
  • Gender stereotypes.
  • Suppression of emotion.
  • Effects of abuse on children.
  • Helping children heal.
  • Healthy relationships.
  • Improving communication skills.
  • Making changes.
  • Male socialization.
  • Jealousy.