Family Violence Intervention Program Overview

  • Curriculum is based on behavioral cognitive theory and empowerment, anger management and problem-solving models.

  • Topics include respectful strategies for decision-making, communication and conflict resolution and sustained non-violence approaches to stay violence free. Identifying and learning appropriate ways to express their emotions.

  • Participants take responsibility for their own behaviors and work to show lasting and long-term behavioral changes.

  • Weekly homework is required in addition to other homework
    staggered throughout the weeks.

  • All participants that complete the program complete a self control
    plan which helps to identify cues that precede violence.

  • 96% of program participants referred by Hennepin County have not
    re-offended after 1 year of completion the program. 
    This statistic has been tracked since 2004.

To Register:

Participants interested in joining the program are urged to register by phone at (612) 787-4056. After attending a one night orientation session, participants may request a group that will better fit their schedule (see group times listed below).


Fees are $20 per session for a total of $360. Payment in full on orientation is $320, which reflects a $40 discount. Payments are due every week you attend. More than four sessions without payment may result in an absence or termination.

A.      Full payment must be received before you are eligible for completion papers. Your final session is a minimum of 2 weeks after receiving completion papers.

B.      If you reoffend and are required to attend Aftercare sessions, an additional $15.00 per week can be added on to the total to cover costs.

C.      Only Hennepin County referred clients are eligible to apply for the sliding-scale fee.  Reduction in fees is determined based on income level, which can only be determined upon submission of income documentation, including assistance. 

D.      You are still required to make payments while sliding-scale application is pending.

E.       Application and documentation is due by week 10, or you will be required to pay in full.

Click here for the complete Group Rules of Conduct.


Programs are not offered to participants under the age of 18. 
We have separate programs for men and women, and we have a Spanish speaking men's group. 

Men's Assaultive Behavior Group Schedules:

(participants meet in group once per week):
  • Monday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon
  • Thursday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Orientations for men are usually the second Monday of each month from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 
Call for available dates.

Spanish Speaking Men's Group:

  • Every other Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for a minimum of 12 sessions
Call to set up individual orientation and please state that you’re interested in the Spanish speaking group.  

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Women's Assaultive Behavior Group Schedules:

  • Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Orientations for women are usually the first Tuesday of each from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. 
    Call for available dates.

  • Spanish Speaking group on Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Call to set up individual orientation and please state that your interested in the Spanish speaking group.   

Further Preparation for a Non-Violent Future:

  • Aftercare is available during these times as well. The aftercare series cost is $15.00 per session. We recommend that participants attend approximately 6-12 sessions.

  • Short-term counseling is offered to individuals who have been involved in our program and might benefit from this continued learning process. These individuals are to be making progress in the program and that staff deem ready for individual work.

Information for Referrals:

  • Our program works as a team, so any member who answers the phone should be able to assist you.

  • If we terminate a participant due to absences or policy violation, we will accept them back into our program with referral source approval. However, the participant must restart through orientation, unless otherwise noted.

  • It is helpful in assessing participants to have any policy reports, case plans, chemical assessment, and/or mental health information that may be available.

  • Please keep us posted if the participants re-offend, has special needs (i.e. needs tutoring or assistance with forms), or is poor standing with their caseworker.

  • As a general rule, progress reports are made to the referring agency once a month. Reports include time attended, absences, fees owed, comments and concerns. Completion or termination of the reports are sent out as the participant completes the program or is terminated.

  • Participants are not allowed to engage in couples counseling while in the program.


Helping individuals, strengthening families, building community
This information is available in alternative formats for people with disabilities
by calling 612-781-6011 (voice) or by using your preferred relay service.

East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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