Domestic Violence

Woman talking to a therapist


Everyone in a family deserves to feel safe and respected. 

Our domestic violence programs work to end violence at home and help people create healthier relationships. We understand that it is difficult to make major changes alone. Our group programs help people discover the relationship skills they already have, and learn new ways of thinking about how to be a partner or a parent, ultimately changing destructive behavior patterns. Breaking the cycle of abuse is our number one focus.

Alternatives to Family Violence Program

At Families First, our Master’s level counselors work with the entire family to end domestic violence in the home. Separate groups for men, women and children are offered to help each family member learn:

  • Assertiveness training
  • Development of a violence avoidance/safety plan
  • Cycle of violence; power and control dynamics
  • Use of time-outs for anger management
  • Self-esteem, self-responsibility, stress management and communication skills
  • Information about addictive relationships, co-dependency and drug/alcohol abuse


Breaking Free Program

Our Breaking Free advocates and counselors work in locations throughout the community to support, educate and advocate for survivors of domestic abuse. The program works to empower individuals to break free from abusive relationships; provide resources and education for safety, healing and growth; and promote community awareness to end the cycle of violence.

Breaking Free provides free, separate support & education groups for adults, teens, and children. Thanks to the support of the Assistance League of Indianapolis, teddy bears are presented to survivors of domestic violence to celebrate their graduation from our Breaking Free Program.

Victim advocates are also available in Marion County to guide and support domestic violence victims through the court processes involved in obtaining a protective order, and connect them with community resources to meet their needs. These services are also available in Spanish.




How to Get Started

Call our main line, 317-634-6341, and ask to speak with the Program Assistant for Domestic Violence services.