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The Domestic Violence Response Program (DVRP), in partnership with the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Haven Society (Men Choose Respect Program (MCR)) delivers support and safety accountability planning for men referred by MCFD.  DVRP is part of a safer family and community response to domestic violence.

DVRP uses the “Invitation to Responsibility” (Jenkins, 1990) for its approach to dealing with domestic violence.The program considers the importance of framing the problem and its resolutions in ways that identify a man’s agency and pre-existing capacity to act respectfully and resolve interpersonal conflict, and to access skills and abilities that promote positive relationships.

The program emphasizes support for the movement from understanding to choice and action and that action should directly contribute to the quality of life for children and families. A foundation of the program is to support every person to have safe and meaningful relationships and that the men who participate in DVRP can benefit from and be happier in safer relationships. The program takes the position that men have the ability to control and take responsibility for their violent acts.

In broad terms, the goal of the DVRP is to provide a response (quick access to intake following presenting crisis) for referred men following a domestic violence incident. Through a sub contract agreement with Haven’s MCR program, spaces will be available for men referred to DVRP. DVRP is designed to provide interim support for individual work prior to, and supplemental work during, participation in MCR.

Referral only through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Program Features

  • DVRP will be staffed 40 hours a week by two therapists who will provide intake, support and planning for safety and accountability,
  • DVRP is only available to men who call the Intake Line, accessible 24 hours a day. Phone calls will be cleared by a return call within two business days,
  • Arrangements for an intake meeting will be made and at that meeting, staff will confirm the man’s agreement to participate by explaining the program parameters, reviewing the confidentiality agreement and confirming participation and referral to the MCR group.

Our Staff

Staff members are professionally trained therapists with graduate degrees in social work and counselling psychology. Clinicians participate in regular supervision.