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Violence Free

What is batterers treatment?

The Lutheran Social Services Violence Free treatment program for batterers uses the Duluth Model’s Manual, Creating a Process of Change for Men who Batter. The program uses a group therapy format with weekly meetings of 90 minutes each week for 26 weeks. The emphasis is changing the beliefs of the people in the group through a dialog and interactive approach. Topics explored during treatment include Respect, Trust and Support, Shared Parenting, Honesty and Accountability, Economic Partnership and Negotiation.

All Lutheran Social Services Violence Free facilitators have been trained in and are certified in the Duluth Model. Two of the facilitators have been trained in the Advanced Level and three facilitators have been trained in Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter. Facilitators are Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.

The Duluth Intervention Project Model ( emphasizes the need for a coordinated community response to domestic violence. Batterers’ treatment is one of the components in a coordinated community response,

Lutheran Social Services Violence Free consults with the local victim service agency,, North Dakota Parole and Probation,, Bismarck Police Department,, Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department,, Mandan Police Department,, Morton County Sheriff’s Department,, Burleigh County States Attorneys Office,, and Morton County States Attorney’s Office,

Lutheran Social Services Violence Free is a member of the local Coordinated Community Response Task Force which includes local agencies who are interested in combating domestic and sexual violence in their community.

Lutheran Social Services Violence Free is the only program in the South Central Region that meets the North Dakota Batterer Treatment Standards.

Contact Us

Dennis Larkin, Program Director
1616 Capitol Way
Bismarck, ND 58501

Our Impact This Year

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  • Problem gamblers who found help


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  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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