LEARN TO THRIVE AFTER VIOLENCE
Beyond Violence is an evidence-based program for women with histories of aggression and/or violence currently in a criminal justice setting or those who have had involvement with the criminal justice system.
It deals with the violence and trauma they have experienced, as well as the violence they may have perpetrated.
Beyond Violence is part seminar on the sociology of violence and part group therapy session.
Participants discuss their family histories and learn mindfulness and visualization techniques to help them deal with their anger. They also learn about and explore the complex interplay between individuals, relationships, community, and societal factors which lead to trauma and acts of aggression. Factors that put women at risk for experiencing and/or perpetrating violence are addressed.
At its core, the program tries to help the women deal with the trauma they have experienced and everything that comes with it: depression, post-traumatic stress-disorder, self- harming behavior and other mental illnesses.
This model is used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and was used in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) research on women in prison.