Domestic Abuse Treatment Program

The main goals of the Domestic Abuse Treatment Program are to:
Stop domestic violence
Advocate for the legal prosecution of domestic abuse offenses, and
Provide treatment to an offender; which helps them live without using violence.
Most likely you have been referred to this program by either your probation officer or the court.
The program will help you learn about yourself, about relationships, and about how to manage your emotions. It will help you stop acting in abusive ways, and help you decide to act in other ways.
Education Group

The core of the treatment program is the EDUCATION GROUP. Almost all people referred to the program will participate in this group.
You may start group at any time, and will stay in the group until you have successfully completed the required sessions. The education group will cover a variety of topics:
  • Nonviolence
  • Nonthreatening Behavior
  • Respect
  • Trust and Support
  • Honesty and Accountability
  • Sexual Respect
  • Partnership
  • Negotiation and Fairness
How to Enroll

If you are court ordered, you have only four weeks to become enrolled. Here is how you do it:
  • Call the Northwestern Mental Health Center and request an intake evaluation for the Domestic Abuse Program. The receptionist will set up a time for you. The phone number is (218) 281-3940.
  • Come to the Northwestern Mental Health center at the scheduled time. The intake evaluation will take about one hour.
  • Sometime after the intake session, the treatment team will decide if the education group is right for you. We will inform the court or your probation officer.
  • The court system, probation officers, and the Northwestern Mental Health Center work together on this program. If you don't call or keep your appointment, the mental health center will inform the court or your probation officer.
An education group will be on-going in Crookston from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Northwestern Mental Health Center, and will run continuously throughout the year. This allows participants to begin treatment as quickly as possible after their arrest andsentencing. Other groups will also be conducted at other sites.
Goals of the Treatment Program
In this program we will help you look at what you do and why. We will present techniques, which if you use and practice them, will help you learn how to avoid being abusive to others.
Specific Goals of the program are:
  • Learn how to avoid losing your temper and becoming violent.
  • Take full responsibility for your behavior.
  • To examine and reduce your need to control people, situations and relationships.
  • Learn better methods of communication.
  • Learn to express your thought and feeling s better.
  • Explore your beliefs about what is means to be a husband, father and man in our culture.
  • Learn to manage emotions rather than letting emotions rule us.
  • Deal with arguments and conflict in respectful ways.
  • Learn how to say what you need without using force.
  • Choose how you will respond no matter how other people act.
Additional Services
Optional services are available after successful completion of the group. We may recommend a 12-week therapy group at the Northwestern Mental Health Center in Crookston. Or we may recommend individual therapy, marital or family counseling, or psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Additionally, further treatment may or may not be part of your probation requirements. Women who complete an intake may be referred to individual counseling for Domestic Abuse issues.
Insuring Compliance
It is important that all men referred to the program comply with court orders. The courts, probation and the Domestic Abuse Treatment Program communicate often to insure this compliance. For offenders on probation, the Director of Court Services, the victims Criminal Justice Intervention Coordinator and the Domestic Abuse Treatment Team meet to discuss the attendance and progress of men at group.
For offenders coming in on Orders for Protection, we are in direct communication with the court to help us now who has been referred and if they are following through.
We have frequent communication with the Violence Intervention Project regarding both the safety of victims and in evaluating how offenders are doing both in treatment and their associations with their victims.


What You Can Expect
You can expect a good education concerning thoughts, feelings, and relationships. The therapists and teachers are professionals, and are trained to deal with a variety of people and a variety of topics. You will not be subjected to shame. You will be held accountable for your behavior, and you will be treated with respect. Too, you can expect the therapists and the program to be fair to people of all races, and to be sensitive to cultural differences.
Benefits from Attending
This program will benefit everyone: men, women, children, and our whole society.
Specific benefits for you are:
  • Better relationships
  • Anger control
  • Improved communication
  • Improve the level of functioning of clients in their homes and communities.
  • Staying out of trouble with the law
  • Feeling better about yourself
Fees for the Program
Fees for the program are affordable. You will be expected to arrange payment in advance. Financial assistance may be available.
Program Facilitators
Mike Anderson, MSW, LICSW, and Lloyd Henderson, MSW, LICSW.