Domestic Abuse Solutions

Using a group learning process, SpiriTrust Lutheran® Domestic Abuse Solutions offers alternatives to domestic abuse by providing the opportunity, information and skills training needed to help individuals who have used violence or abuse begin to live non-violently.

Program & Referral Information

Four group educational program tracks foster personal growth for those who have been abusive, controlling or violent with an intimate partner or other family member.

Program Overview

SpiriTrust Lutheran® Domestic Abuse Solutions offers alternatives to domestic abuse by providing the opportunity, information and skills training needed to help individuals who have used violence or abuse begin to live non-violently.

A group learning process is used in all four educational programs. Although it is not therapy, the process is therapeutic and fosters personal growth for those who have been abusive, controlling or violent with an intimate partner or other family member. At any given time there are group members who are new, others who are nearly finished, and many at various in between stages.

SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions assists the judicial system in verifying conformity with court orders and help ensure victim safety by tracking the compliance of special conditions within the Protection From Abuse (PFA) order.

Domestic Abuse Solutions for Men

This program is for men who have used abuse in interpersonal relationships with current and/or former intimate partners. The curriculum is based on the program, Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, from the Domestic Abuse Project in Duluth, Minnesota. The full curriculum requires 26 sessions and continues on a rotating basis with new men joining the groups each month.

Domestic Abuse Solutions for Fathers

This program is for men who are actively parenting their or their partner’s children. The program focuses on the client’s intimate partner relationships and his father role in parenting children.

Domestic Abuse Solutions for Women Choosing Non-Violence

This program is for women who have used abuse in interpersonal relationships. The 16-week program seeks to provide healthy empowerment and accountability for women and justice for the community.

Domestic Abuse Solutions for Anger Management

This program centers around coping methods and accountability for those who have used violence outside of intimate relationships. Referrals are accepted from social workers, judges, attorneys, parole agents, probation officers and clergy, as well as self-referred individuals.

Referrals

Many SpiriTrust Lutheran® Domestic Abuse Solutions clients come to the program through a court order. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions accepts men and women both by court mandate and personal referral.

If you or a loved one has used violence in the past and would like to begin to live non-violently, SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions will provide you with the stepping stones and resources needed to do so. Regardless of how you come to the program, trained professionals are ready and willing to work with you to help you become non-violent, non-abusive and non-controlling.

Service Area

SpiriTrust Lutheran® Domestic Abuse Solutions works with men and women willing to travel to the Greater York and Hanover areas. For additional information on class locations or to become a participant, please call us at 717.852.4357 or complete our contact form.

Domestic Abuse Solutions FAQ

Answers to your questions about confidentiality, payment and what constitutes domestic violence.

Q: SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions is a fee-for-service program. May I receive services if I can’t afford to pay?

A: Yes. While client fees help support the operation of SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions, we do not let a person’s lack of financial resources prevent anyone from being served. We offer an income-based sliding scale fee structure that allows many individuals to pay what they can afford. Limited resources are available to assist those with no ability to pay.

Q: Do I have to be court-ordered to SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions?

A: No. While many individuals are court-ordered to SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions and/or have participation as a condition of probation or Accelerated Rehabilitative Dispostion (ARD), SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions also accepts referrals from community partners like mental health programs, York County Office of Children, Youth & Families and other programs. Those who want to seek services on their own may self-refer.

Q: Does SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions serve people only in York County?

A: No. While SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions is based in York County, our services and/or group sessions are available to those who are willing to come to us. Many clients come from other counties in south central Pennsylvania or from northern Maryland.

Q: Is SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions a program just for men?

A: No. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions is an educational resource for those who have been violent and/or abusive, regardless of gender. Those interested in services for women should ask about Women Choosing Non-Violence.

Q: Although, I didn’t hit or physically harm my partner; do I still need a program like this?

A: Yes. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions addresses the concepts of power and control that exist in abusive relationships; controlling behavior is highly abusive. In addition, controlling behavior can lead to physical violence or be just as harmful. Coercion, verbal threats, intimidation and isolation are forms of abusive behavior that may not involve hitting. Not hitting doesn’t equal not being abusive.

Q: Can I get help from a program like SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions without everybody “knowing my business”?

A: Yes, with some exceptions. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions provides its services in a discreet and confidential manner. However, individuals referred by the courts, probation officers and/or child welfare agencies are required to give SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions consent to communicate with those agencies. Also, in order to ensure safety, SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions participants are required to give the program consent to contact partners/victims.

Q: I was told to attend an “anger management” group. Is that what this is?

A: SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions deals with the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to abuse/violence in relationships with intimate partners, children and/or family members. Many people, including courts and other professionals, may still refer to domestic abuse intervention as anger management. In addition to anger management, we teach skills to help individuals interact in a safe, non-abusive and non-threatening manner. You can call the SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions program for an assessment that will determine if anger management, domestic abuse intervention or another service is appropriate.

Q: Since I attended SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions before; do I have to start over?

A: When individuals reconnect with SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions, they will meet with staff to determine if they need to start over. People and situations often change and change quickly. Through reassessment, we ensure that we are addressing new relationships and new safety concerns.

Q: Does SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions provide marriage counseling?

A: Yes. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions provides counseling for some marriage problems, although we do not provide joint counseling. If there has been violence in the relationship, there will be a power differential that can interfere with coming together as equals to solve problems. Our recommendation is that couples do not attempt joint counseling until after each has had separate counseling.

Q: I think we can fix our relationship, if we communicate better and compromise. Do I still need SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions?

A: Yes. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions includes communication skills and conflict resolution skills, but also much more. We believe compromise has a limited usefulness in a relationship because it is based on each person giving up something. SpiriTrust Lutheran Domestic Abuse Solutions examines expectations about roles in relationships, addresses how to value what your partner brings to a relationship, and teaches how to use collaboration to build on each other’s strengths to resolve conflict.

Contact Our Team

If you or a loved one want more information on beginning to live non-violently, please contact us at 717.852.4357 or (toll-free) 888.629.4096 or email us by completing the online contact form. Trained staff will assess your need and contact you as soon as possible with guidance and resources.

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