Breaking the cycle of unhealthy behavior
South Carolina consistently ranks among the highest for domestic violence incidents in the country. Our Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) is unique in its holistic approach: to serve not only the victims of abuse (including both adults and children), but also batterers as well. It is through this holistic approach that we can truly break the cycle of domestic violence in homes across the Upstate.
Family Violence Intervention Program
Our Family Violence Intervention Program works to end the cycle of domestic violence through education. Our classes are conducted in a highly confidential group setting in Greenville. The program also provides information on parenting skills so that parents learn the true, negative impact of family violence on children in the home.
FVIP’s Batterers’ Program is open to voluntary clients who need help or are seeking information about domestic violence. Other clients are mandated to attend FVIP by referral sources such as: judges and magistrates, probation and parole officers, and the Department of Social Services.
Statistics show that FVIP is successful in helping reduce the re-arrest rates of persons charged with domestic violence. In the last 15 years, graduates of our program re-offended at an average of about 10 percent, while non-graduates re-offended at an average of more than 25 percent. These figures are in comparison to the national average approaching 40 percent, or sometimes, higher.
FVIP’s Victims’ Program is open to voluntary clients who need help or are seeking information and resources about domestic violence. Other clients may be referred by the Department of Social Services. To provide a secure and safe opportunity for victims, the Victim’s Program is highly confidential and takes place at undisclosed locations and times.
Are you a victim?
If you’re unsure, please read our post on victimization and how we can help you.