a new approach
A comprehensive skill building approach to ending domestic violence.

About A New Approach

Sources: GA Division of Public Healthís Violence Prevention Program and Family Violence Prevention Fund.

Our Mission, as a certified family violence intervention program, is to end violence against women by facilitating change through teaching effective skill building techniques to help regulate deficits in emotion management skills.

A New Approach (ANA) is a state certified Family Violence Intervention Program which employs skill building techniques adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to facilitate acceptance and change. By employing DBT skills acquisition together with a Power and Control Model, individuals are held accountable for past/present and future acts of family violence, they learn to identify myths and faulty belief systems that support family violence, they learn the effects their abusive acts have on others and they learn to use skills to regulate their emotions and build better healthier relationships.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) maintains that due to invalidating environments during upbringing and biological factors yet unknown, some people react abnormally to emotional stimulation. Their arousal level increases more rapidly, peaks at a higher level and takes more time to return to baseline.

Because of this past invalidation, some people donít possess the methods for coping with these sudden, often intense urges of emotion. By combining the Power & Control Model together with DBT, batterers acquire the necessary skills to regulate these intense emotions.

What are the benefits of DBT?

Skills acquisition, regulation of emotions and improved relationships are some of the benefits of utilizing DBT in the program. The skills are taught over a 24 week period and include modules on important subjects such as Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Middle Path / Validation. Below is a brief explanation of each of these modules.

Learning how to control your mind rather than letting your mind control you.

Distress Tolerance
Coping with painful events and emotions when you canít make things better right away.

Emotion Regulation
Changing justified/unjustified emotions by changing actions.

Interpersonal Effectiveness
Asking for something effectively, keeping a good relationship and keeping your self-respect.

Middle Path / Validation
Learning how to validate others feelings, thoughts or actions.