Abuser Counseling

Since 1984, A Safe Place has addressed the accountability of the batterer to the victim and to the community with our Intervention Program for Domestic Abuse & Violence (IPDAV). We are the only non-profit agency in the area offering these focused professional support services.

Trained IPDAV clinicians conduct individual evaluations to determine the batterers’ lethality and make recommendations for further services.

Our 26-week Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) for perpetrators of violence, centers on healing the ongoing trauma they cause to their families.

Emphasis of treatment when working with individuals who are abusive is as follows

  • Safety planning
  • Psycho-education on domestic violence and trauma
  • Self-regulation and reduction of symptoms and presenting problems

Goals of treatment:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Coping skills
  • Identification of feelings/emotions
  • Physical and mental cues (anger, etc.)
  • Boundaries
  • Communication skills (aggression vs. assertiveness)
  • Respect for self is expressed in how we treat others

IPDAV staff teach specific techniques for nonviolent interpersonal interaction and monitor progress through weekly journal reviews. Perpetrator “checks” are conducted by IPDAV personnel to help determine the ongoing effectiveness of treatment services and Status Reports are provided to their respective referral sources on a regular basis.


IPDAV Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Tuesday – 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Wednesday – 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Thursday – 9:00am-2:30pm
  • Friday-Sunday – Closed
  • Closed on all major holidays

Service is by appointment only. No walk-in clients or visitors allowed. Agency is not open to the general public.


For more information, please contact IPDAV
(847) 731-7165, ext. 282

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