Since 1985, New Directions has worked to assist individuals take responsibility for and change behaviour that has been hurtful, disrespectful, abusive or controlling to a current or former spouse or intimate partner.
WHAT IS ABUSE?
When most people think about abusive behaviour, they think of something that is against the law – assaulting a partner by pushing or punching; making a threat to hurt or kill; or damaging property. In Ontario, these actions will result in arrest if the police have reasonable grounds to believe that an offence took place.
However, most of the behaviour that can hurt a partner is not against the law. For example, consider the following behaviours:
All of these actions damage a relationship attack a partner’s self-esteem and push the person one cares about further away. Don’t wait for the police to arrive at your door. Ask for help now!
WHO ATTENDS THE NEW DIRECTIONS PROGRAM?
New Directions offers services, in both official languages, to adult (18 years of age and over) men and women. Clients can be referred to the Program in two basic ways.
Please Note: In order to be accepted as a client of New Directions, one must be willing to acknowledge that he or she has used hurtful, disrespectful or abusive behaviour towards a partner. Clients must also be able, with the help of Program staff, to identify appropriate goals or learning objectives for their participation in the Program.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN THE PROGRAM BRING TO CLIENTS?
New Directions can help clients:
The first step is to contact the Program Co-ordinator, to arrange for an intake/assessment appointment. An individual will be provided with a date to commence the Program once (s)he attends the intake and is accepted as a client.
12 Week Course For Clients Involved In The Criminal Justice System
New Directions offers morning, afternoon and evening courses every week in English. There is also a French language course offered in the evening.
Courses for women are available in the morning and evening.
Separate Course For Clients NOT Involved In The Criminal Justice System
This program is offered four times a year. Call the Program Co-ordinator for more information.
Gay and Lesbian Clients
New Directions also provides services for gay and lesbian clients. Depending on the demand, these services may be provided in a group or individual format.
Partner Outreach is an important component of New Directions. We provide partners of program participants (or former partners if the abusive behaviour was directed towards them) with:
Partner Outreach is confidential.
Fees are calculated by using a sliding scale and are based on the gross annual income of the client.
Language interpreters and sign language are available for those who need help communicating in English or French. (No cost to client)
New Directions is funded by the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General and the fees collected from clients.
Dissatisfied with the current state of video resources, the New Directions team decided to develop a new and updated video to use in the sessions with our clients. Now we would like to share our video with other programs and service providers.
This video was developed specifically for use in group counselling and educational sessions for men who have used abusive behaviour in relationships. The video can be used in groups for who have experienced abuse from their intimate partners. One vignette shows a women using aggressive and abusive behaviour towards her male partner. This scene, and others show how women might respond to their partner's abuse, can help women to examine their own behaviour whether they are resisting abuse or potentially contributing to the escalation of conflict. The video can also be useful in individual or couple counselling when issues of disrespectful behaviour need to be addressed.
The video can be used to:
How much does the video cost?
Catholic Family Service Ottawa and the New Directions team put considerable planning and resources into the development and production of this video and, as a result, hope to recoup some of the costs of production. The video sells for $250 (+$3 for shipping).
To order a copy of the New Directions Video, contact Jeff Bondy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-233-8478 ext. 229.