*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 abusive to be considered an abuser, but can be someone who deprives the partner financially, someone who purposely isolates the partner from friends and family, or someone who threatens with intimidating remarks to scare and control the partner. 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. The Statistics on Domestic Abuse in the U.S. are staggering.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. Women are generally on the receiving end of domestic violence. One in every four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. Females who are 20 – 24 years of age have the highest chance of being abused. Approximately 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by intimate partners each year. Each day in America approximately 3 women are murdered by boyfriends or spouses. Studies show that up to 10 million children observe some form of domestic abuse each year.
3. Do parts of the country experience more cases of Domestic Violence than others?
Intimate partner violence affects individuals of all races, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds. However, research shows that people making below $25,000 annually are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner abuse than people with income over $50,000. Victims with higher income levels tend to not report the abuse. Statistics also show that residents of urban areas reported higher levels of domestic abuse than in suburban areas. Furthermore, African-American women face higher rates of domestic violence than white women, and American-Indian women are victimized 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. What is the impact of domestic abuse on children?
Studies estimate that 3 to 10 million children witness the abuse of a loved one each year. 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 living in this environment have higher levels of aggression, anger, depression, 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 Tennessee
class for my own growth and self-improvement?
The purpose of the class is to educate the client about issues related to domestic assault with the goal of stopping the behavior. Course topics cover an explanation of what describes domestic violence, how to recognize the signs, how to stop the behavior and how to stop the cycle of violence. Individuals who have taken the course have expressed that upon completion, they have a whole new perspective on life and how to approach relationships.
6. The court has mandated that I take a Domestic Violence class. Where should I start?
If you have been assigned a domestic violence class court requirement, then taking our Domestic Violence Class online is 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 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 experts. 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. How do I know if my jurisdiction will accept these classes?
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. 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 money in gas, time for travel, and from the possibility of missing work.
9. Is there a real person I can speak with if I have questions?
We welcome any comments, concerns or inquiries. 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-in and out as often as you wish and the computer holds your spot. We don’t mandate an end 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. Who will know 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 must know are your attorneys and the court system. You will never receive any unsolicited phone calls from the AJ Novick Group. All your log-in and identity information is highly protected with our state of the art online security system.