Violence Intervention Program

What is the Violence Intervention Program?

The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) is an 18-week, referral-based intervention program designed to aid in the reduction and elimination of domestic violence in Northern Virginia. OAR will attempt to achieve this goal by increasing batterers accountability, general understanding of the impact of their behavior, and self-regulation skills. At this time, the program is offered in English and Spanish.

How much does the program cost?

Program participants are required to pay a $50 non-refundable fee at the time of intake to reserve their spot in class, as well as a $400 non-refundable program fee. Participants unable to pay the fee may exchange community service for all or part of the fee for the course, or make arrangements for a “pay-as-you-go” plan. Please confirm current fees by contacting OAR’s Violence Interventional Program at 703-246-3033 or by e-mailing us at info@oarnova.org.

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When and where is the program located?

VIP (English) 6:00pm-8:00pm
VIP (Spanish) 6:30pm-8:30pm
Both offered at the main OAR office:
10700 Page Avenue, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
VIP (English) 6:00pm-8:00pm
Offered at the main OAR office:
10700 Page Avenue, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
VIP (English) 6:30pm-8:30pm
Offered at: 
Fairlington United Methodist Church 
3900 King Street Alexandria VA 22302

VIP (English) 6:30pm-8:30pm
Offered at:

Trinity United Methodist Church 
2911 Cameron Mills Road Alexandria VA 22302 

For class schedules contact OAR.

What can you expect from the Violence Intervention Program?

  • Trained Staff – OAR facilitators have completed 32 hours of initial domestic violence training, in addition to 12 hours of annual continuing education.
  • Comprehensive assessmentA comprehensive assessment, including the participant’s patterns of violence, psychosocial factors and commitment to change is conducted at the time of intake.
  • Collaborative working relationships with community organizations and the court system – OAR provides the referral source with monthly reports, notice of non-compliance with program requirements, and a final report. OAR currently holds memorandums of agreement in collaboration with the Department of Corrections, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. It also has representatives on the Human Services Coalition of Northern Virginia and the Network Against Family Abuse. OAR is also a member of Virginians Against Domestic Violence.
  • Promotion of victim safety – VIP staff work with various victim services organizations to notify victims of the enrollment, completion, and/or non-compliance of the batterer in the program.
  • Accountability of perpetrators – OAR utilizes a range of methods so that perpetrators acknowledge the pattern of coercive behaviors associated with domestic violence, understand the interpersonal and legal consequences for these behaviors, and understand the variety of options available for changing these behaviors.
  • Full program certificationOAR maintains all certification requirements set by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Batterer Intervention Program Board.

How can you make a referral?

Referrals can be made by the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Court Services, Probation and Parole offices, Public Defenders, local area shelters and other community-based organizations. Self referrals are also accepted. Inquiries should be made to the OAR office at (703) 246-3033.

What does the curriculum include?

  • Understanding Restorative Justice and the Impact of Crime

  • Motivation to Change

  • Role of Substance Abuse

  • Cycle of Anger

  • Recognizing Belief & Thought Patterns

  • Understanding Anger Control

  • Physiological Response to Anger

  • Tips for Relapse Prevention

  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Victim, Abuser and Children

  • Identification of Physical, Emotional, Economic, Sexual and Verbal Abuse and Violence

  • Promotion of Accountability, Self-examination, Negotiation and Fairness

  • Identification of Healthy Relationships

  • Role of Cultural Values and Beliefs
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