*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. How do I know if my behavior is considered 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 mean physical aggression as well harassment, stalking, domineering, intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.
An individual does not necessarily need to be physically abusive 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 can also describe a person who continuously shows up where the partner is, unannounced, to check that the partner is telling the truth, or reads all incoming email, phone calls and texts.
2. Statistics on Domestic Violence in the United States are shocking.
Domestic Violence is a serious threat to women. More women than men experience domestic violence. One in every four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. Women between the ages of 20 -24 are at the greatest risk of non-fatal violence. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner each year. Each day in America approximately 3 women are murdered by boyfriends or spouses. Studies show that up to 10 million children are exposed to some form of domestic violence each year.
3. Do statistics change based on level of wealth?
Intimate partner violence affects individuals of all races, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds. However, studies show that people with annual income below $25,000 are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner violence than people who make over $50,000 per year. Victims with higher income levels tend to not report the abuse. Statistics also show that occupants of urban areas reported more domestic abuse than in suburban areas. Furthermore, African-American women face higher rates of domestic violence than white women, and American-Indian women are abused at a rate more than double that of women of other races. A significant fact is that most cases of domestic violence, regardless of income level, are never reported!
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. Are you ready to take control of your angry behavior? Have family, friends or coworkers complained about your temper?
The purpose of the class is to educate the student about issues related to domestic assault with the goal of eliminating the intimidation and abuse. It teaches how to effectively communicate feelings, empathy towards others, stress management and how to stop the abuse. Customer feedback overwhelmingly agrees that taking the class is life changing and in some cases life saving.
6. Have your anger control issues recently led to trouble with the law?
We offer many online options for completing your domestic violence requirement. We understand and cater to clients who find it difficult to attend a set time for a classroom course. This online class is designed with the same information found in a traditional classroom, but is available to you from any Internet based computer at the library, home or work.
7. There are so many online courses to choose from, how do I know which one is the best?
There are many people who claim to be authorities. Be sure to choose a class designed by a Certified Anger Management therapist. Look for someone like Dr. Ari Novick who specializes in the field of anger and stress management as these are factors of domestic violence. 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?
We have a high rate of acceptance nationally, but we can’t guarantee that every court will approve them. Different counties and states have different laws regarding online classes. It’s the client’s responsibility to speak with their court system to get approval prior to taking the class. Taking a few minutes to ask for court approval will save you the stress of travel time, missing work and dollars spent on gas and parking.
9. Is there a real person I can speak with if I 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. Or, please e-mail him at [email protected]
for a response within 24 hours.
10. Is there a deadline to finish the class?
Our classes are taken completely at your own pace. You can log-on and off as often as you would like and the computer holds your spot. We don’t mandate an end time. Your deadline is based on your court requirements and how quickly you would like to get it done. For example, you can sit down and get the 8 hour class done in one day, or break it up over 2 weekends.
11. Who will know I am taking this class?
This is a totally anonymous situation. Enrolling in classes online alleviates the stress of others seeing you physically attending a domestic abuse class. The only people who must know are your lawyers and the court system. You will never receive any unsolicited phone calls from our company. Our state of the art online security system protects all your personal identification information.