Interviewing for Safety

Theresa Gerritsen

     Using response-based approaches and working with men who have used abuse and violence in their intimate partner relationships, the Haven Society's Men Choose Respect program draws on the same principles of safety and human dignity. Based on eight key conversations, men engage with their capacity and commitment to have quality relationships, in equality, caring and respect. The program works closely with other services at Haven Society, which keeps women’s responses and resistance to violence and abuse at the fore – and works with social responders to avoid mutualizing, minimizing, and blaming victims.

With over 150 men having participated since 2011, the program is currently being offered 6 X a year in Nanaimo.