The New Choices program addresses the complexities of intimate relationships and is a deliberate and purposeful intervention that challenges the beliefs behind the use of violence and abuse within relationships. The program:
Helps participants understand the impacts/effects of abusive behavior
Increases understanding of their use of violence
Increases willingness to change their actions
Encourages accountability to those they have harmed
New Choices partners with the Grand Forks County Domestic Violence Court.
For those with language barriers, an interpreter may be provided.
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New Choices for Men
We introduce equality, explore power and control tactics, discuss how behaviors impact your partner, children, and others, and explore ways to use non-controlling behaviors in intimate relationships.
The 27-session group program explores 9 themes which support equality within intimate relationships, using an evidence-based curriculum. An intake is required prior to beginning the program.
Trust and Support
Honest and Accountability
Negotiation and Fairness
Nonviolence / Nonthreatening behavior
Tactics of Power and Control
Minimizing, Denying and Blaming
Coercion / Threats
Male Privilege / Entitlement
Physical Violence and Intimidation
Three missed sessions are allowed per phase and must be made up. If more than 3 sessions are missed, the phase must be restarted.
You must be present at all sessions, actively participate in group discussions and pay fees.
Cost Intake Session: $50 Group sessions: $5-30/session based on a sliding fee scale
Men’s Group Meetings Note: You will be assigned one of the following based on your schedule and group availability.
Due to COVID-19, groups are currently meeting via video conference.
Monday 5–5:45 p.m. 6:15–7 p.m.
Tuesday 10:30–11:15 a.m. 5–5:45 p.m. 6:15–7 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30–10:15 a.m. 6–6:45 p.m. 7:15–8 p.m.
New Choices for Women
This is a 20-session group addressing the violence the woman have used as well as the violence and trauma they have experienced. An intake session is required before starting the program, which uses evidence-based curriculum based on a social-ecological model exploring individual and relationship factors, community and societal influences.
Cost Intake Session: $50 Group Sessions: $5-30/session based on a sliding fee scale
Meeting Times The women’s group is currently meeting twice per week by video conference
Tuesdays: 8:30–10 a.m.
Thursdays: 5:30–7 p.m.
Attendance Requirements Two missed sessions are allowed per phase and must be made up. If more than 2 sessions are missed, the phase must be restarted.
Register or Make a Referral
Participants in the men’s or women’s programs may be referred by court order, through other agencies or may voluntarily enroll for the program. For those who are court-ordered, CVIC will work with the courts to ensure program requirements are met. To inquire or make a referral, contact New Choices via email or phone
New Choices – Men: 701-738-0463
New Choices – Women: 701-738-0464
CVIC Main Office – 701-746-0405
Domestic Violence Court
This specialized, post-conviction court program monitors the compliance of those who have been convicted of domestic violence-related crimes. For more information call or email the DV Court Coordinator.