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The Battered Women's Shelter offers two classes free of charge to any person living in Summit or Medina Counties. This is an educational program offered to help persons better understand specific aspects of domestic violence. This educational information is presented in a nonthreatening and supportive manner so that participants can gain additional knowledge about and insight into the dysfunctional pattern of violence that may be developing within their family units. Many individuals are referred to these classes by area Courts prior to dismissal or lifting of either a criminal Temporary Protection Order (TPO) or a Civil Protection Order (CPO). These classes are also often part of Children's Services Bureau's (CSB) case management plans.
EIP focuses on the dynamics of an abusive relationship. Common myths and the realities of domestic violence and the pervasiveness of domestic violence are examined. The cycle of violence and some of the behaviors characteristic of an abusive relationship are discussed. Other topics covered include stress and anger and positive ways to cope with these emotions. With greater awareness of the dynamics of their own relationships, participants should be better able to identify the abusive cycle they (or someone they care about) are stuck in and therefore, will be better equipped to interrupt that cycle and decrease or put an end to the violence in their lives.
STC focuses on how children are affected by exposure to violence in the home. Sometimes children are the target of the abuse and sometimes they witness abuse between their parents or other family members. Either way, these children are traumatized by what they are seeing, hearing and feeling, and they can suffer long term negative implications. This class will examine the effects of domestic violence on children of varying ages, and introduce positive coping techniques and parenting skills to help lessen the impact of the violence on the children. By examining children's reactions to the violence and the resulting behaviors, participants may be better equipped to identify and positively address areas of concern in their own families.
Each class is two hours long and both are held in the evenings to better accommodate the schedules of interested individuals. Advance registration is required to attend these programs as space is limited.
Questions and requests should be directed to the Family Violence Court Advocate at (330) 375-2679 or (330) 375-2247.