Georgia and 42 other states have FVIP standards that differentiate FVIPs
from anger management, substance abuse treatment, conflict resolution,
and psychotherapy. Anger management programs focus on anger as the
impetus for violence (Gottlieb, 1999). In anger management, violence is
primarily seen as a reactionary behavior and as a result of a triggering
factor. However, FVIPs are specifically designed to intervene with
perpetrators of intimate partner violence. In FVIPs, violence is viewed
as learned behavior that is primarily motivated by a desire, whether
conscious or unconscious, by the abuser to control the victim (Adams,
2003). Violence is seen as one of many forms of abusive behaviors chosen
by abusers to control their intimate partners and family members,
including physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse.


Our Family Violence Intervention Program classes are designed to
facilitate a deeper understanding of one’s individual triggers and
violent responses.

It is neither realistic nor possible to completely eliminate anger and
violence, therefore, the goal of the Family Violence Intervention
is to learn how to cope with and express anger without resorting
to violence. In FVIP classes, we discuss the difference between anger,
hostility, aggression, and violence, so that participants can
appropriately define and express their experience.
Additionally, the
Family Violence Intervention Program FVIP classes curriculum is designed
to address the effects of anger on the body, behavior, mind and how it
can lead to violence. These interactive FVIP classes include various
case studies and scenarios that address specific, anger-inducing
situations in order to facilitate group dialogues related to appropriate
and healthy responses.
Additionally, clients will be challenged to
objectively question their initial reactions and consequently reframe it
to a healthier perspective to reduce emotional saliency and regain self-control.


In order to assist participants in changing behavior, the classes are separated and conducted with gender-specific peers. Cognitive-behavioral interventions, role play and honest discussions about behavior and perception are part of each class. Positive changes can take place in families who are willing to do the work and restore their happiness.