DV Course Outline

Content of our DV / BIPP course

It is important for anyone, regardless of whether you believe you should take our program, to gain skills to reduce violence in relationships. Here are some staggering statistics you might find difficult to read. There is an assault or serious beating of a woman every nine seconds in the United States. A domestic assault is the leading cause of injury among women in the United States. Every day, over 3 women in the U.S. are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. It's time to end domestic violence and our classes aim to help you achieve that goal in an anonymous, non-judgmental environment.

Below is a sample outline of the topics covered in our programs. Some classes vary in topics covered, so if you have any particular questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Course Outline

Chapter 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Testing and grading
  3. Other course information
  4. Course policies

Chapter 2

  1. Defining domestic abuse
  2. What is domestic violence?
  3. Who can become a victim of domestic violence?
  4. Signs of abuse
  5. Hidden signs of abuse
  6. Risk factors for domestic abuse
  7. What Traits Do Abusers have in Common?
  8. Abuse in LGBTQ Relationships
  9. Kinds of Abuse
  10. Physical Abuse
  11. Physical Abuse of the Elderly and Youth
  12. Emotional and Psychological Abuse
  13. Are You an Emotional Abuser?
  14. Verbal Abuse
  15. Sexual Abuse
  16. Economic Abuse

Chapter 3

  1. Effects of Violence
  2. Different Effects of Domestic Violence
  3. Impact of Emotional Abuse
  4. Impact of Verbal Abuse
  5. Why Do Victims Stay with Abusers?
  6. Effects of Family Violence on Children
  7. Batterers Empathy

Chapter 4

  1. Cycle of Violence
  2. Understand the Cycle of Violence
  3. Breaking the Cycle
  4. Cycle of Violence - The Warning Signs
  5. Speak Up!

Chapter 5

  1. Causes of Domestic Abuse
  2. Causes and Sources of Domestic Abuse
  3. 10 Main Causes of Domestic Abuse in Relationships
  4. 10 Main Causes of Domestic Abuse in Relationships (continued)
  5. Accountability and Personal Responsibility
  6. Poor Impulse Control
  7. Power and Control Dynamics
  8. Accountability - An Absolute Must
  9. A Deeper Look into Anger
  10. Expressing Anger
  11. The Most Common Kinds of Anger
  12. The Upside of Anger

Chapter 6

  1. Understanding Your Anger
  2. What Does Your Anger Look Like?
  3. Assessing Your Anger
  4. Emotions and Anger
  5. Anger Triggers
  6. Let's Get Personal

Chapter 7

  1. Anger Pays a Price
  2. An Angry Person
  3. Anger and Your Health
  4. Anger's Effect on Relationships
  5. Anger in Professional Relationships
  6. Handling an Angry Person
  7. The Pitbull Principle
  8. The Dangers of Hostile/Reactive Anger

Chapter 8

  1. Stress and Anger
  2. What is Stress?
  3. Internal and External Stressors
  4. Signs of Stress
  5. How Stressed Are You?
  6. Positive and Negative Aspects of Stress
  7. Stress Increases Your Risk for Anger Problems
  8. Provocative Emotional States
  9. Stress and Substance Abuse
  10. Stress and Depression
  11. Errors in Thinking
  12. Effects of Distorted Thinking on Emotions and Abusive Behaviors
  13. Negative Thought Patterns
  14. Managing Thought Patterns
  15. Stress Relief through Relaxation

Chapter 9

  1. Anger and Depression
  2. Anger-Related Depression or Depression-Related Anger
  3. Depression: A Closer Look
  4. Male and Female Depression
  5. Depression in Teenagers
  6. Anger and Long-Term Problems With Depression

Chapter 10

  1. Alcohol, Drugs and Anger – A Dangerous Combination
  2. Substance Abuse Fuels Anger
  3. Don't Blame Anger on Substance Abuse
  4. Can You Treat Both Anger and Substance Abuse?
  5. Anger Management Treatment Should Not be an Afterthought

Chapter 11

  1. Legal Process of Domestic Violence
  2. Arrest
  3. Initial Appearance
  4. Arraignment
  5. Pre-Trial & Plea Negotiation
  6. Trial
  7. Sentencing

Chapter 12

  1. Gaining Control of Your Anger
  2. How Good is Your Anger Management?
  3. Manage Your Anger Constructively: The Art of Self Control
  4. Understanding What Causes Your Anger
  5. Reduce Your Angry Reactions: A Lesson in Self Control
  6. Personal Choice
  7. Use Problem Solving Skills
  8. Improve Your Communication Skills
  9. Control Your Anger When You Experience It
  10. Let Go of Resentment

Chapter 13

  1. Communication is the Key
  2. Communication Skills and Styles
  3. Responses to Conflict
  4. Managing Criticism
  5. Anger Reducers
  6. Two Conflicting Relationship Needs
  7. Needs and Stages of Relationships
  8. Developing Skills to Build Healthy Relationships
  9. Effective Communication
  10. Listening with Empathy
  11. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Chapter 14

  1. Role Models Teach Us How to Express Anger
  2. Healthy Role Models
  3. Less Than Optimal Role Models
  4. The Upside of Positive Role Models
  5. Teaching Character

Chapter 15

  1. Emotional Intelligence
  2. What is Emotional Intelligence?
  3. The Significance of EQ
  4. Skills of Emotional Intelligence
  5. Understanding Yourself Better
  6. Recognizing Patterns of Anger
  7. The Four Skills of Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 16

  1. Finally Getting Control of Your Anger
  2. STOP Before You React
  3. Resolving Conflict
  4. Stages of Healthy Conflict Resolution

Chapter 17

  1. Applying Emotional Intelligence to Curb Anger
  2. Let's Review
  3. Observing Your Thoughts
  4. What are Your Core Beliefs?
  5. Increase Self-Awareness
  6. Make Better Decisions
  7. Incorporating Emotional Intelligence Skills into Daily Life
  8. Skill 1: Reduce Stress
  9. Skill 2: Emotional Awareness
  10. Skill 3: Nonverbal Communication
  11. Skill 4: Humor and a Good Attitude
  12. Skill 5: Resolve Conflict Positively