*Please note that not all states allow for online classes for domestic violence for legal purposes. Please get prior approval to take this class online prior to registering to ensure it will meet your specific requirements
1. What is the definition of Domestic Abuse?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior in a marriage or any intimate relationship, when one partner tries to gain control over the other. It can include physical and sexual violence, emotional and verbal abuse, economic control, stalking, destruction of property, isolation and intimidation.
An individual does not necessarily need to be physically violent to be considered an abuser, but can be someone who is completely controlling over bank accounts and all money that is spent, someone who purposely isolates the partner from friends and family, or someone who intimidates with disparaging remarks. It also describes an intimate partner who won’t give you personal freedom. He follows you places against your will.
2. Statistics on Domestic Violence in the United States are shocking.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. Women are generally on the receiving end of domestic violence. 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Women between the ages of 20 -24 are at the greatest risk of non-fatal violence. Approximately 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by intimate partners each year. Everyday on average about three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Studies show that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic abuse each year.
3. Do statistics change based on level of wealth?
Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or income. However, research shows that people making below $25,000 annually are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner violence than people with income over $50,000. Victims with higher income levels tend to not report the abuse. Statistics also show that citizens of urban areas reported more domestic abuse than in suburban areas. Furthermore, African-American women face more cases of domestic violence than white women, and American-Indian women are abused at a rate more than double that of women of other races. Unfortunately, domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes!
4. I’m worried about the impact of this abuse on our kids.
At least 3 million children per year witness some form of domestic abuse. There are definitely increased risks for children who live with domestic violence in their homes. Risks to these kids include physical and psychological abuse, traumatic stress and overall neglect. Children exposed to this environment have increased levels of disobedience, anger, fear and anxiety. It is important that children are protected from this behavior by either permanent removal from the situation or by having the abuser take DV classes for change and reform.
5. What can I expect to learn from this South Carolina
class for my own growth and self-improvement?
The purpose of the class is to educate the participant about issues related to domestic assault with the goal of eliminating the intimidation and abuse. The program teaches what exactly domestic violence is, how to recognize the signs, how to gain skills in communication and how to develop a plan for change. Customer feedback overwhelmingly agrees that taking the class is life changing and in some cases life saving.
6. I have been accused of Domestic Violence, what now?
If you have been criminally indicted for domestic abuse and need to take a class for retribution, or if you would like to take one for self-improvement purposes, Online Domestic Violence Classes are the solution for you. It is often difficult to add one more thing to your busy schedule because of time constraints and travel distances. This online class contains the same information found in traditional classrooms but is available to you from any web-based computer.
7. Which online class should I choose?
There are many people who claim to be professionals. Be sure to choose a class designed by a practicing, licensed therapist. Look for someone like Dr. Ari Novick who specializes in the field of anger and stress management since these are topics directly involved with domestic abuse. Dr. Novick has also been trained in drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention, socialization skills, legal awareness, communication and problem solving techniques, conflict management and resolution, assertion training, and is a certified anger management facilitator and trainer. Dr. Novick has combined all of these skills to create a quality, interesting and educational program for his Domestic Violence Class clients.
8. I can’t find if my jurisdiction will accept the class anywhere on your website. How do I find out?
While we have a very high success rate for court approval, we don’t guarantee that every jurisdiction will accept them. Different counties and states have different laws regarding online classes. Please get prior approval from your court system that they will accept an online class before getting started. Taking a few minutes to ask for court approval will save you commuting time, money for gas and parking, and the potential of having to miss work to make specific class times.
9. What if I pay for and start the class, and then have questions?
We welcome any questions, comments or concerns. Dr. Novick is available to directly speak with Monday – Friday, 9-5 PST at (949) 715-2694. He can also be reached by e-mail at [email protected]
10. How long do I have to finish the class?
Our classes are meant to be self-paced. You can log-on and off as frequently as you would like and the computer holds your spot. We don’t enforce a finish time. Many people like to get through it in closely consecutive sessions so they retain the information. For example, you can sit down and get the 8 hour class done in one day, or break it up over 2 weekends.
11. Will anyone besides myself find out I am taking this class?
Taking this class is a completely private situation. Online classes are unlike classrooms in that nobody else sees you are attending. The only people who need to know are your legal advisors and the court system. You will never receive any unsolicited phone calls from the AJ Novick Group. Our state of the art online security system protects all your personal identification information.