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Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Program

The Education and Employment Ministry

Award Date: April 11, 2018
Awarded: $425,000

The Education and Employment Ministry, also known as TEEM, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training. The purpose of domestic violence offender treatment is to increase victim and community safety by reducing offender risk of recidivism. Research indicates that most domestic violence offenders are themselves victims of unresolved past trauma & typical Batterer’s Intervention Programs (BIPs) in Oklahoma do not address these past traumas by operating with a one-size-fits-all model of treatment. The Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Program will be a pilot program for offenders with the creation of individualized treatment plans utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or other trauma-informed therapy approaches. It is the first court-ordered treatment program of this kind in Oklahoma and will be instrumental in changing the statistics on domestic violence in the state.