Abuse Intervention Management - Preventing Domestic Violence

The AIM program: 

Teaches effective communication skills and assertive behavior 

Consists of a minimum of 26 weeks of cognitive behavioral education

Challenges irrational belief systems and explores alternative belief systems that translate into non-violent behavior


Defines and discusses the following topics:


Nonthreatening behavior


Support and Trust

Honesty and Accountability

Sexual Respect


Negotiation and Fairness


Provides a safe environment to begin the process for change

Our main goal is to keep children and families safe



26 Week Group Intervention Classes

Safety Planning

Referrals for Other Community Resources

Community Presentations on Domestic Violence Prevention



Profile of a Batterer

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. Batterers could be doctors, lawyers, teachers, therapists, convenience store clerks, mechanics, coaches, etc. Their actions are rooted in the psychodynamics of domestic violence batterers observed and learned in childhood.

While most batterers appear to be aggressive on the outside, it is frequently a mask for the passive, powerless, manipulated, abused victim on the inside. They lack the assertiveness needed to communicate in every day relationships with significant others, and resort to domination to maintain a sense of control over the immediate environment and the people in it. Batterers express at home what they are unable to express in public.

Why Do Men Batter?

Most men who batter have been exposed to domestic violence as children. They are often victims of child abuse. They have watched their fathers abuse their mothers and have observed their mothers enduring and accepting it. They have learned to express powerful emotions in destructive ways. They are driver by a need for dominance. As adults, they repeat the patterns learned in childhood.

Why Do Women Batter?

Relatively little attention has been paid to women initiating assaults. In 1990, it was reported and concluded by Stets and Straus, that when violence is measured by acts, women are as violent as men - from the 1989 survey McLeod (1984) reported that, “women were three times as more likely than men to use weapons.” Women stated that they expressed aggression toward their male partners because they wished to engage their partner’s attention, particularly emotionally. Also, assaultive women did not believe that their male victims would be seriously injured or would retaliate.

Abuse is a Learned Behavior

Today, more and more services are geared to both victim and batterer. Education is the key to helping the batterer. Males are reluctant to admit that they need help. They still hold to – and practice – the belief of a male-dominant society. They behave as the stereotypical macho male.

The AIM program is a state-certified 26 week group-based program. All clients referred receive group intervention. All group services are provided by certified domestic violence facilitators.


We accept referrals from:

Lake County Indiana Department of Child Services

Lake County Court System

Lake County Superior Court

Lake County Prosecutor’s Office

Lake County Public Defender

For More Information Call: 219.757.1831 Fax: 219.738.5283


Serving Northwest and Northern Indiana, Regional Health Systems supports programs in Benton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties and manages facilities in Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Valparaiso and Whiting, Indiana.

Our network of community-based health care and social services welcomes Indiana residents of all ages and income levels with fully integrated, streamlined services.

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