STOP Program Gets Cash Infusion
President of John Howard Society of Northern B.C, and B.C. Darlene Kavka, Minister Morris, Facilitators Lisa Loewen and Wayne Hughes – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – The John Howard Society in Prince George has received $60 thousand dollars from the Province for its STOP (Stop Taking it Out on your Partner) program that aims to be proactive in reducing domestic violence.
“What I liked about this particular program is you don’t have to be in jail, you don’t have to be convicted, or incarcerated, this is open to anybody who wants to change their life and their lifestyle and come to grips with how they treat other people their partners, or spouses” says Solicitor General Mike Morris.
Morris says he would like to see the program carried out in the province, “In a much bigger fashion than what we see today, and hopefully it will.”
Program facilitator Wayne Hughes says the program offers tools for those who want to learn how to deal with and manage their anger issues. The dollars will be used to train facilitators in Prince George, Kamloops, Vancouver and Campbell River . Hughes says the program which has been operational for two decades, is open to anyone who wants help “Over the past couple of years we’ve revamped the program to make it updated.” The updating includes increased use of video and reductions in text in an effort to address literacy issues among those seeking help.
The core of the program focuses on four issues says Hughes ” The core principles deal with emotional control, communication, they deal with self esteem and overlying all of that, they deal with accountability. The individuals who are involved in domestic violence are always held accountable for their actions and choosing violence is always a choice. ”
“We can no longer look at things in isolation, within the silos” says Morris “It’s a multi ministerial responsibility to address domestic violence, to address mental health and addictions and these other social ills that bring our society down.. I think we are going to see some pretty interesting things coming out of government in the next while to address those kinds of things.”