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Lutheran Social Services Violence Free

Lutheran Social Services to offer domestic violence treatment in Minot region

BISMARCK, N.D. – Beginning July 7, 2015, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota will begin providing domestic violence treatment services to individuals previously served by the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ North Central Human Service Center (NCHSC) in Minot.

The change in providers affects about 25 men. Many were referred to the men’s nonviolence program by the courts.

The center and Lutheran Social Services held informational meetings for affected individuals in late May.

“Lutheran Social Services has expertise in this area, and we are pleased that the community will continue to have access to an important service,” said North Central’s Regional Director Laurie Gotvaslee.

She said the regional human service center will refocus its clinical resources on other core services, while continuing to provide treatment services to victims of domestic violence and continuing to offer a small treatment group for female batterers.

According to Gotvaslee, demand for services has grown along with the population, while the number of staff trained and available to provide the specialized 26-week “Duluth Model” treatment program for male perpetrators has remained at two. 

Dennis Larkin, program director for Lutheran Social Services Violence Free, said they use the same treatment program.

“At Lutheran Social Services Violence Free, we hold batterers accountable by providing an opportunity through group treatment to change their belief systems for safety and respect in their significant partner relationships,” Larkin said.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is hiring two treatment group facilitators to serve the Minot region.  The nonprofit human service agency has provided similar domestic violence treatment services in Bismarck for 15 years and in Williston for three years.

For information about Lutheran Social Services Violence Free, contact Larkin at 701-223-1510. 

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