If you or your partner is seeking help in changing behavior that has led or you fear may lead to a domestic violence incident, you may wish to consider enrolling in an online domestic violence course. However, you may need some assistance in selecting the course that is right for you or your partner.
Batter Intervention and Prevention Programs
A batterer intervention and prevention program focuses on accountability, victim safety and education. The process may work best when the person enrolling has a genuine desire to change their behavior, however, these courses are often required by the courts for people who have been convicted of a domestic violence related crime. If you or your partner has been ordered to take one of these classes by the court, you may wish to search for court approved domestic violence classes online.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, anger management courses are what most people think of when they think of taking courses to prevent or intervene in domestic violence. However, most anger management courses do not address issues specific to domestic violence. For that reason, they recommend batterer intervention and prevention programs as a better alternative.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached online or by phone at 1-800-799-SAFE. Their advocates are available to discuss any questions you or your partner may have about domestic violence and refer you to helpful resources. They can also discuss with the abusive partner the best options for learning to change abusive behavior patterns. If you are the victim of abuse, you may want to speak with them about whether you can safely approach your partner, before suggesting any treatment options.
Domestic violence is a serious issue that is often best approached with the assistance of professionals. If you need immediate assistance, you may wish to contact your local police department or 9-1-1 for help. If you are not in immediate danger, these resources may be able to help you or your partner begin the process of change.