While providing safe shelter and support for victims of domestic violence is our focus, URI recognizes that the key to ending domestic violence is prevention. The Abusive Partner Intervention Program (APIP) aims to reduce recidivism among convicted offenders in Westchester Country and New York City.
Guided by the belief that preventing domestic and intimate partner violence requires a multi-pronged approach, URI developed innovative methods that enable us to provide individuals with the tools and resources to change their lives for the better. APIP fosters accountability among mandated participants in a group setting for up to 65 weeks in the greater New York City area. With support and in collaboration with the Office of the District Attorney of New York, URI operates a trauma-informed program in New York City through a blended therapeutic curriculum. The program also works with and is supported by a collaborative relationship with the Office of Probation in Westchester County, New York. In line with URI’s commitment to innovation, the programs also incorporates survivor perspective where feasible, the provision for referrals for interested survivors, opportunities for peer support following completion of the sessions, and access to a continuing accountability group post-program completion
Anchored in the belief that individuals are capable of change if given the support, tools and resources needed to do so, participants work with staff to better understand why their behavior is abusive, identify underlying thought patterns that influence behavior, and develop healthier habits and communities to reduce recidivism. Group services are enhanced by the provision of wraparound services, including ongoing case management, clinical services, and aftercare accountability management.