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250 News STOP Program March 2017

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President of John Howard Society of Northern B.C, and B.C. Darlene Kavka,  Minister  Morris, Facilitators Lisa Loewen and Wayne Hughes – photo 250News

Prince George, B.C. – The John Howard Society  in Prince George has received $60 thousand dollars from the Province  for its STOP (Stop Taking it Out on your Partner) program  that aims to be proactive  in  reducing domestic violence.

“What I liked about this particular program is  you don’t have to be in jail, you don’t have to be convicted, or incarcerated,  this is open to anybody who wants to change their life   and their lifestyle and come to grips  with how  they  treat other  people  their partners, or spouses” says  Solicitor General Mike Morris.

Morris says he would like to see the program  carried out in the province, “In a much bigger fashion  than what we see today, and  hopefully it will.”

Program facilitator  Wayne Hughes  says the  program  offers tools  for those who want to  learn how to deal with and manage their anger issues. The dollars will  be used to train facilitators in Prince George,  Kamloops, Vancouver and Campbell River . Hughes says  the program  which has been operational for  two decades,  is open to anyone  who  wants help   “Over the past couple of years we’ve revamped the program to make it updated.”  The updating  includes  increased use of video and reductions in text  in  an effort to address literacy issues  among those  seeking  help.

The core  of the program   focuses  on four  issues  says Hughes ” The core principles  deal with emotional control,   communication, they deal with self  esteem and overlying  all of that,  they deal with accountability.  The individuals  who are involved in domestic violence are always held accountable  for their actions and  choosing  violence is always a choice. ”

“We can no longer look at things in isolation,  within the silos” says Morris “It’s a multi ministerial  responsibility to  address  domestic violence, to address mental health and addictions  and these other social ills that bring  our society down.. I think we are going to see some pretty interesting things coming out of government  in the next while to  address those kinds of things.”


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