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The Tapestri Men’s Program, known as the Family Violence Intervention Program, is a court mandated course and certified by the State of Georgia. Our 24-week program is available to all men, however, it is provided free of charge for refugee and immigrant men. Trainings and workshops are Included in the program, as well as interpreters for any attendees who cannot speak English.

 

 

Read About the Success of One of Our Program Participants:

Rai Mon’s Path: From Violence to Victory

A refugee from Nepal, Rai Mon arrived in the United States with his wife and children four years ago. Soon after their arrival, he began to drink heavily and became verbally and physically abusive to his wife. As with many refugee men who find themselves living in a new country, speaking a new language and adapting to new cultures, Rai Mon felt helpless and overwhelmed and he began to be violent in the home. Many times refugee men feel their role as the primary provider for the family has upturned and they resort to violence. Rai Mon’s violence escalated and he was soon arrested and charged with domestic violence. Like most new clients in our Men’s Program, he took no responsibility for his actions, but rather blamed his wife for his situation. He was unaware of the many scars, emotionally and physically, he had left behind. His probation officer required him, as with all domestic violence offenders, to attend a state-mandated, 24-week program. Due to Rai Mon being a refugee and speaking Nepali, he was referred to the Tapestri Men’s Program since we operate a state-certified program which is conducted in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way, specifically targeted to immigrant and refugee men. Our program and any needed interpretation services are provided free of charge (for immigrants and refugees).

At the start of the program, many men are angry because they have to attend this program. They believe they have been wrongfully accused. Completing the program is the only way to prevent them from being sent to jail for their domestic violence actions. Rai Mon was no different. At the beginning of his 24-week program, he was not allowed to talk about his wife, but could only talk about himself, his emotions and his violent outbursts. A Nepalese interpreter was present to interpret if needed. After several months into the program, Rai Mon began to take ownership of his violent actions and realize the fault lay on him. Knowing all shared information was kept confidential and all material discreet, he began to talk openly about his actions. He confronted his problems with violence and alcohol abuse. He focused on his emotions and behaviors, realizing he needed to take the initiative. He decided to enroll himself in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Since his participation in AA and his completion of the Tapestri Men’s Program, Rai Mon has been sober and his home is free of violence. As a result of his participation in our Men’s Program and being able to process the information he learned, he has a healthy and greatly improved family situation. He is working hard to provide for his family, having better communication at home and living a peaceful family environment. Not only a success for Rai Mon, but his ability to overcome violence benefits his wife and children. The positive behaviors he learned will become good morals to be passed on to future generations.