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Lutheran Social Services Violence Free

Lutheran Social Services Violence Free to mark anniversary in Williston

Dennis Larkin

Lutheran Social Services Violence Free marked its first anniversary in Williston with a follow-up meeting August 6 with local service agencies that were part of the initial planning process as well as other interested community agencies.

Program Director Dennis Larkin said that an overview of the past year as well as challenges for the future were discussed.

Larkin added, “Right now we are holding our own with a small group of men but referrals are slow. We could always use more referrals from agencies or self-referrals. We need to get the word out even more so it will continue to be a viable program in the Williston area. We recognize that it does take a while for a new program to take root in a community.”

Lutheran Social Services Violence Free, which was first established in Bismarck-Mandan in 2001, holds batterers accountable by providing an opportunity through group treatment for them to change their belief systems for safety and respect in their significant partner relationships.

For more information about Lutheran Social Services Violence Free, contact Dennis Larkin at 701-223-1510 or dlarkin@lssnd.org; or contact the Williston office at 701-774-0749.

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