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Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services

24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: 419.422.4766

Topics of Discussion

The Cycle of Violence
The Equality Wheel
Thinking Errors
Belief Systems
Basics about Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Types of Abuse
Honesty and Accountability
Positive Self-talk
Developing Empathy
Healthy Relationships
Making Amends
Power and Control Wheel
Relapse Prevention


The Violence Recovery Project (VRP) is a program that individuals attend for a variety of reasons, such as; by court order, referral from children services, probation officer or counselor.  Also, some individuals have joined group voluntarily out of a desire to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of their families.  Regardless of the process that brings individuals to group, they are all there because they have inflicted some form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse against wives/husbands, girlfriends/boyfriends, children, parents or other relatives or people they live with.

The Objective
The major objective of group is to help you create a safe and healthy family by understanding, taking responsibility for and changing abusive behaviors.

Length of Time
Throughout our lives we have been taught to react to certain situations in a particular way; sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.  This has been a lifelong process and will require a great deal of time and commitment to change.  The VRP Program lasts 26 weeks.  However, those with multiple offenses or felony referrals, and severe cases should expect to stay in the program for 52 weeks.

Fees for the program consist of a $30 intake fee and a $25 weekly group session fee.  A sliding scale fee is also available to those who qualify.  To schedule an intake interview for VRP, contact Open Arms Administrative and Outreach Office at 419-420-9261.  An intake is required prior to attending group.

Power and Control 

Using intimidation

Making someone afraid by using looks, actions or gestures
Using emotional abuse
Putting someone down; making them feel bad about 

Restrictions of freedoms
Controlling what someone does, who he/she sees and talks 

   to, what he/she wears
Minimizing, denying and blaming
Making light of the abuse and not taking someone's

   concerns about it seriously
Destruction of property
Ruining belongings, defacing someone's home or car
Authoritarian behavior
Making all the decisions, making "rules" for people
Physical and sexual abuse
Hurting someone physically, having sexual contact without

   permission, by force or manipulation
Using coercion and threats
Making and/or carrying out threats