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:
Provides education regarding the effects of abusive behavior
Addresses factors that contribute to the use of violence
Discusses beliefs and personal behaviors that encourage relationships based on respect, trust and nonviolence
Encourages accountability to those they have harmed
New Choices partners with the Grand Forks County Domestic Violence Court.
We provide individualized programs with interpreter services to individuals with limited English proficiency as well as those who identify in the LGBTQ+ community who may not be comfortable in a group setting.
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New Choices Men’s Programming
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 explores 9 themes which support equality within intimate relationships, using an evidence-based curriculum, Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter. 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 5–6 p.m. 6:15–7 p.m.
Tuesday 5–6 p.m. 6:15–7:15 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30–10:30 a.m. 6–7 p.m. 7:15–8:15 p.m.
Thursday 9:30–10:30 a.m.
New Choices Women’s Programming
We introduce the social-ecological model which explores individual and relationship factors, community and societal influences around violence and how behaviors impact your partner, children, and others.
The 20-session group addresses violence using the evidence-based curriculum Beyond Violence. An intake session is required before starting the program.
Cost Intake Session: $50 Group Sessions: $5-30/session based on a sliding fee scale
Meeting Times Due to COVID-19 groups are 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.
Participants 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.
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.