Skip to main content

Domestic violence hits home: Part 3: Abusers face their demons in group therapy

May 26, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Hoodies, sneakers and sports caps are the preferred attire for these seven men, a group that appears mostly in their 20s, from a veritable rainbow of ethnic backgrounds.
It could be boys’ night out, a trip to a ballgame perhaps, except the setting is all wrong. They’re sitting around a cafeteria table in a cramped, austere conference room in a community center located in Providence’s gritty Manton section. Slumped in their chairs or staring off vacantly in the distance, a couple of the guys look bored, like there’s any place in the world they’d rather be. Others seem more engaged, talking quietly among each other while they wait for roll call to begin.
Welcome to batterer’s intervention group, a specialized class in reformatory education for domestic abusers. Most men – and women – convicted of any one of the state’s misdemeanor domestic crimes are ordered by the courts to enroll in such a group, at their own expense.
READ THE FULL SERIES IN THE CALL'S Sunday, Monday and Tuesday's editions.

CUMBERLAND – When last we saw Hilary Dionne on the running circuit, the 2003 Cumberland...
PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams...
BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have...
WOONSOCKET — It wasn’t unusual to see the “closed” sign in door of Paul’s Family Restaurant every year during the week...
WOONSOCKET — Two brothers are facing multiple drug-trafficking and related charges as police seized 77 grams of heroin...
WOONSOCKET – Despite emergency action by the City Council Wednesday, the city has entered its new budget year with what...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes