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Abuse prevention program (APP)
The Abuse prevention program (APP) is a domestic violence program which uses elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy combined with an educational approach that aims to confront the beliefs and behaviours of men who abuse their partners.
Prevention techniques include exercises, tasks, homework and skills building, which are presented in a workbook that sets out tasks and homework for participants.
The topics covered in the APP include:
- information about domestic violence (illegal and morally unacceptable)
- information about the characteristics of people who are abusive to loved ones
- voluntary participation vs mandated participation, understanding why participants are in the program
- gaining trust
- acceptance and opposition (dealing with resistance to change)
- becoming aware of the problem (within participants own lives)
- relationships and beliefs (understanding how injury occurs)
- anger and violence: underlying beliefs
- how beliefs damage relationships (starting to heal the damage)
- understanding the abuse cycle and working on relationships
- understanding and helping others (exploring values)
- dealing with a changing identity
- identity goals and inner self
- the biggest obstacles (setting goals and completing them)
- making firm commitments (giving up some control and letting go of power)
- making peace (peaceful relationships through partnership and equity.
The program takes approximately 24 weeks to complete.
Abstract adapted from Department for Correctional Services South Australia
Department for Correctional Services, SA
400 King William St
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 1747