alternatives and steps
- Click HERE to register for Alternatives Orientation online.
Alternatives Program Background
The Vera House Alternatives Program started in 1989 to provide a forum for men to learn:
- that men have no right to control their partner
- that each person is completely responsible for his/her own behavior
- what domestic violence is and how it impacts the victim and children
Alternatives Program Principles
- People can act non-violently in relationships. We can build healthy, respectful relationships.
- Domestic violence or abuse is wrong. It is a crime. No one deserves to be abused.
- Abuse may be learned. However, it is always a conscious choice.
- Traditionally, men have had power over women in our society. Violence and abuse have, unfortunately, been effective means to maintain this injustice.
- Abuse is used to control one's partner.
- Only the person who commits the violence can stop it. Reasons like “I lost control,” “she/he provoked me” or ”I was drunk“ are excuses to avoid responsibility.
- Domestic abuse is not ”mental illness.” Men learn to be violent from social messages, peer encouragement and family role models.
- Accepting responsibility for one's actions is the first step to change.
WHAT is Alternatives?
Alternatives is a 15-class program with weekly classes (1.5 hours). Review our Alternatives Program flyer for more information.
Attending Alternatives in no way ensures that the person will stop their abuse or violence.
WHEN is Alternatives?
Orientations are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 PM. Click HERE to register for orientation online.
Weekly classes are held at various days and times.
WHERE is Alternatives?
Classes are located at 449 E. Washington Street (corner of Townsend).
Fees are on a sliding scale as follows:
|Unemployed With Residence||$10|
For More Information
Please click HERE to email the Alternatives Program Coordinator or call (315) 425-0818.
What is STEPS?
STEPS is a domestic violence education program designed to challenge the beliefs and attitudes of women who have been abusive to their partners or ex-partners. STEPS work closely with the criminal justice system, advocating that women be held accountable for their abusive behavior. Attending STEPS in no way ensures that a person will stop their abuse and violence.
STEPS is a 15-class program with weekly classes (1.5 hours). Review our STEPS Program flyer for more information.
Where is STEPS?
STEPS classes are located at 449 E. Washington Street (corner of Townsend).
Orientation sessions are held the first and third Monday of each month from 4:30 — 5:30 PM. To participate in the STEPS program, email the Program Coordinator to schedule your initial orientation. On the date of your STEPS orientation, please arrive no later than 4:15 PM with your orientation fee (see chart below). Fees are on a sliding scale as follows:
When is STEPS?
STEPS classes are held on Mondays from 5:30 — 7:00 PM
For More Information:
Please click HERE to email the STEPS Program Coordinator or call (315) 425-0818.