Moving Forward's domestic violence program (formerly called MOVE) has been providing quality violence intervention services to men and women in Western Massachusetts since 1989. It was among the first batterer programs certified by the Department of Public Health in 1991. Its parent organization, the Men's Resource Center for Change, has also provided services to youth through its Youth Programs. Since 1991, the Youth Programs have worked in schools, colleges and in the community, offering a diverse set of instructional and support groups addressing the issues of gender socialization, abuse and respect in relationships, sexual assault prevention, and youth empowerment.
The Men's Resource Center is now offering individual counseling and groups for teenage males who have been abusive or violent (physically, emotionally, verbally, or mentally) with their families, peers, or dating partners. Our mission is to provide support for young men who want to change the way that violence permeates their lives. During the 12-week program young men are asked to take responsibility for their abusive behavior. They are taught how to recognize potentially abusive situations and how to choose specific alternatives to abusiveness. All of this is done in a supportive atmosphere. The content of each group is a combination of psycho-educational material and behavioral management strategies presented by group leaders, as well as group discussion to help integrate these ideas into each participant's personal efforts to end his abuse and violence.
For more information, or to make an appointment for a screening interview call (413) 253-9588, ext.18, or email [email protected].