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Domestic Violence Accountability Program for Men (DVAP)


What Is DVAP?

The Domestic Violence Accountability Program for Men (DVAP) at Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes is a 26 or 52 week accountability program for men who have a history of domestic violence.

Why Offer DVAP?

Aligned with the theoretical framework behind the NY Model for Batterer Programs, the DVAP program philosophy states that increased offender accountability is best achieved through a coordinated community response, offender-directed education on domestic violence and non-violent alternatives, and the removal/reduction of culturally available excuses and justifications violent offenders use to rationalize their behavior and neutralize their responsibility.

How Does DVAP Work?

Each 60-minute class is run by facilitators trained on the NY Model for Batterer Programs, and the topics each week focus on education around the issue of domestic violence including: the definition of domestic violence, healthy relationship components, non-violent responses, male privilege, and the impact of domestic violence on victims, children, families, and society as a whole. The program has a strong education focus, the model of the DVAP program emphasizes accountability and accepting responsibility for personal choices- it is not a therapeutic model or a class designed to “treat” or “counsel” men who batter. Participants have clear expectations for program compliance, as part of the sanction imposed by the criminal justice system to emphasize zero-tolerance for domestic violence, and the class environment disallows excusing or justifying violence.

How To Participate In DVAP?

Participants are referred to the program through courts, probation, or parole, the DVAP program enrolls up to 15 men per class.

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