John Howard Society of Peterborough

Partner Assault Response Program

Partner Assault Response (PAR)

The Partner Assault Response (PAR) program is a court-ordered domestic violence program funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. PAR promotes non-violent and non-controlling attitudes and behaviours for men and women who have assaulted their partners (past or present). The program encourages men and women to recognize and accept responsibility for their assaultive behaviour. It assists participants in changing their belief system about power and control issues.

The Program
In this 12-week group program, our facilitators discuss various topics and use structured exercises to help participants gain an understanding of their own beliefs and behaviours, learn techniques for defusing violence and abuse before it occurs, and focus on the characteristics of healthy relationships. The goal of the PAR program is increased safety for partners and increased accountability on the part of offenders.

The program also enhances victim safety through confidential outreach to victims who have been abused. While an individual is enrolled in the PAR program, the Partner Support Worker will contact the past and/or current partner of the PAR participant. The purpose of this contact is to offer support, information and referrals to community resources.

Accessing the Program
There is a fee for services. A sliding fee scale is available. Cultural Interpreters are available at no cost. One to one PAR sessions are available in some circumstances at a set hourly rate separate from the sliding fee scale.

For More Information

Contact the John Howard Society:
Dana Hetherton
Manager of Justice Services
t: (705) 743-8331 ext. 206