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Free domestic violence prevention program offered in North Okanagan

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March 24, 2017 - 11:36 AM

VERNON – A community outreach group in Vernon is offering a domestic violence prevention program geared at stopping violence in the home before it starts. 

The program focuses on personal awareness, change, and healthy relationships, according to a release from the John Howard Society North Okanagan.

The John Howard Society is offering a free, 14-week voluntary program for men. The program called Stop Taking it Out on your Partner or STOP was created for men who recognize they are using controlling or violent behaviour and see the impact it's having on their relationships.

The group meets one evening each week, and was created through a collaboration between the RCMP and the John Howard Society.

"The RCMP believes in assisting communities in using problem solving approaches to domestic violence," Const. Lisa McMullin says in the release. "This is a valuable program to help break the cycle of domestic violence, and I strongly believe it will have a positive impact on our community."

Barbara Levesque, executive director of local John Howard Society hopes the success of STOP will continue in the North Okanagan and help those who need it.

“STOP has a 20 year history in northern B.C. of successfully supporting men struggling with anger and controlling behaviour in their intimate relationships,”  Levesque says in the release. "It’s all about prevention of violence and supporting those who recognize they have a problem.”

For more information on STOP you can contact the John Howard Society North Okanagan at 250-542-4041.

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