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  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) is a 26-week program designed to rehabilitate individuals who have repeatedly used violence toward their intimate partners and/or family members. 



  • are held accountable for their actions
  • learn alternatives to violence and controlling behavior
  • learn about the impact of domestic violence on the victim
  • learn how to identify healthy relationships
  • learn the relationships between substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence
  • learn behavioral, emotional and physical cues that proceed escalating violence



  • Introduction to domestic violence
  • Recognizing anger and differentiating feelings vs. behavior
  • How to stop violence NOW
  • Understanding the use of violence, intimidation and isolation as a tactic of control
  • Responsibility for self
  • Defining non-violence
  • Non-threatening behavior
  • Effective communication
  • Respect
  • Understanding the use of emotional abuse
  • Drug and alcohol involvement
  • Honesty and accountability
  • Effects of violence
  • Assessing lethality
  • Victim safety
  • Responsible parenting
  • Using children as a control tactic
  • Trust and support
  • Mental disorders associated with domestic violence 
  • Negotiation and fairness
  • Shared responsibility
  • Using gender entitlement


DVIP is held at the main Steps to HOPE office and is facilitated by a trained professional. Classes are taught in a weekly group setting to promote feedback and participation alongside education. It is an environment where participants can share their experiences and hold each other accountable. 

Steps to HOPE’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program is certified by the North Carolina Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission in compliance with State Statute NCAC Section .0700, Chapter 17.

To learn more or register for the program, please call us at (828)-894-2340. 

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