Domestic Violence Program

Family violence can cause long-lasting damage to relationships and children’s ability to function and grow.

Services are designed for both perpetrators and victims of family violence to improve relationships.  A 14-week program for men can prevent family violence and strengthen relationships.  Participants will learn to recognize and control anger, how to listen to self and others, and assert needs without violence.  Women who are in co-dependent or abusive relationships will learn healthy and effective ways to build, enrich and improve relations, communicate and resolve conflicts.

Living without Violence is a 14-week group counseling and education program for men who choose to prevent or end harmful behavior that occurs in close relationships.

Participants will learn...

  • What is Violence
  • How to stop the violence
  • How to recognize and control anger
  • How to listen to self and others
  • The effect of alcohol and drugs on violent behavior
  • About feelings and communication
  • How to ask for what you want
  • How to say no
  • About jealously
  • When to go for counseling


Participants may be referred by family members or mandated by the court or other legal avenues.


  • Men in counseling for their violence
  • Men who are violent, but not in counseling
  • Men who are fearful that they may become violent


An initial assessment and group meetings are held at Community Concern, 6722 Erie Road (Route 5), Derby, NY, 14047. Groups are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.


Groups are confidential.  Weeks 1 -3 will help men understand domestic violence and why it occurs.  Sessions 4 - 12 present specific exercises to stop violence and improve communication.  There are homework assignments to be completed each week. 


  • $ 60.00 for Initial Assessment
  • $210.00 for the 14-week program
  • Most health insurance accepted
  • Co-payments may apply

About the Facilitator

Richard Popson is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience in the field of behavioral healthcare.   He is a board certified diplomate in clinical social work with experience with children, family and adults in a variety of clinic settings.