The PAR is a court mandated program that provides socio-educational workshops and activities for abusive men and their (ex)partners.
The program provides group counselling, screening for drugs and alcohol, risk assessments and referrals for male batterers. The goal of the program is to provide offenders with the tools that they need to positively improve the lives of themselves, their partners and their families.
At Counterpoint, we work from a feminist and anti-oppressive framework. We support women of all racial, social, ethnic, religious and economic groups,
abilities, ages and lifestyles. We are committed to supporting victims from further violence, and to educate communities and systems about the dynamics of violence against women.
We are committed to empowering women who have experienced abuse or are living in an abusive relationship to take the necessary steps to make positive changes in their lives.
If you are a male offender and you want to know how you will proceed through our program, click below:
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The Counterpoint Men’s Program Facilitator training was officially launched in 2004. This
training offers a total of 185 hours of training for workers who want training to work with
abusive men. It includes theory classes, group work, supervision, peer review, team development
meetings, mentoring and numerous opportunities for personal and professional development
in domestic violence through an internship.
The training encompasses diverse aspects of domestic violence including the context of violence against women, philosophy, and principles of domestic violence work and the Coordinated Community Response model in Toronto. The group work approach in this training is based on Paulo Freire’s pedagogy and the well-known Duluth psycho-educational model. The Counterpoint’s senior staff is responsible for the instruction and supervision of the internship program. Senior staff at Counterpoint and affiliates consists of psychologists, social workers, and program workers who have many years of experience in doing group work and men’s programs.