1st Edition

Choosing Nonviolence
A Homework Manual for Women's Groups

ISBN 9780415857239
Published February 11, 2014 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

As mental-health professionals see increasing numbers of women arrested for domestic violence, the need for effective resources also increases. Choosing Nonviolence fills this void, providing an interactive and comprehensive treatment tool.

If you are a group leader, Choosing Nonviolence will provide materials to deepen your current group curriculum. Interactive lessons and exercises cover important topics such as trust, respect, parenting, substance abuse, safety planning, and achieving nonviolence. Each chapter contains stories from actual group members to illuminate important dynamics as well as "tool" exercises designed to provide an opportunity for your group members to learn vital skills.

If you are a group member, you will find this book to be an important supplement to the work you are doing in group. The personal stories from women who have been in group will show you how they have stumbled and succeeded on their path to change. You will get to learn from these experiences and will see how you can integrate the lessons into your own life. The exercises will enhance your participation in group, and the homework assignments will deepen your growth outside your counseling time.

Table of Contents

Introduction for Group Leaders  Introduction for Group Members  1. What You Need to Know Before Starting Group: The Road to Change  2. Defining Use of Force, Abuse and Battering  3. Achieving Nonviolence  4. Creating a Trusting Relationship  5. Giving and Receiving Respect  6. Accountability: Taking Responsibility for Yourself  7. Maintaining Positive Sexual Relationships  8. Negotiating a Partnership  9. Cooperating Through Good Communication  10. Parenting: How to Relate to Your Children  11. Creating Safety in Your Life  12. The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Domestic Violence

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Kevin A. Fall, PhD, is professor and program coordinator in the department of counseling, leadership, adult education, and school psychology at Texas State University–San Marcos.

Shareen Howard, MS, is the mental health assessment specialist at the Denton County sheriff's office in Denton, Texas, where she provides services for inmates.

Steven M. Vestal, MS, is a faculty member in the mental health and substance abuse program at San Jacinto College and also works with STEPS Counseling BIPP in Houston, Texas.


"Choosing Nonviolence offers a practical tool for professionals facilitating women’s BIPP groups. Discussion exercises support opportunities for rich conversations, self-reflection and critical thinking."

—Aaron P. Hernandez, consultant to battering intervention and prevention programs and director of the Pivot Program in Austin, Texas


"This much-needed resource fills a void that balances compassion and accountability. The exercises and stories highlight differences in women’s experiences while maintaining accountability as the foundation for making changes and choosing nonviolence as a way of life."

—Kathy Eubanks, MS, LPC, counselor at Denton County Friends of the Family