New Choices is not an anger management program. The domestic violence intervention programs address the complexities of intimate partner relationships and the root causes of violence, including beliefs, attitudes and dynamics of control that underly abuse. CVIC’s New Choices programs address accountability with men and women who use violence in their intimate partner relationships, helping them:
Understand the effects of abusive behavior and the causes of violence
Increase understanding of their use of violence
Build relationships based on respect, trust and nonviolence
New Choices partners with the Grand Forks County Domestic Violence Court.
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 partner relationships.
It is a 27-week group program explores 9 themes in a series divided in two phases, rotating in a 3-week cycle, using evidence-based curriculum. An orientation is required prior to beginning the program.
How to live a nonviolent life
Trust and Support
Honest and Accountability
Negotiation and Fairness
Tactics of power and control
Minimizing, Denying and Blaming
Physical and Sexual Abuse
Coercion / Threats
Using Children as a Tactic of Control
Tools for a healthy relationship
Taking Accountability for Your Actions
Discussing Your Childhood Experiences
Ways to Build Trust and Support
Becoming a Responsible Parent
Negation and Fairness
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.
5 - 5:45 p.m.
6:15 - 7 p.m.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
5 - 5:45 p.m.
6:15 - 7 p.m.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
6 - 6:45 p.m.
7:15 - 8 p.m.
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.
New Choices for Women
This is a 20-week group addressing violence and trauma women have experienced as well as the violence they may have perpetrated. An orientation session is required before starting the program. The program is delivered in two phases, using evidence-based curriculum based on a social-ecological model exploring individual and relationship factors, community and societal influences.
Orientation Session: $50
Group Sessions: $5-30/session based on a sliding fee scale
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.
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 social services or may voluntarily register 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 at 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.