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Programs & Services | Changing Direction (PAR)

The Partner Assault Response (P.A.R.) Program is a province-wide Domestic Violence Court initiative that delivers specialized community-based group intervention programming to domestic violence offenders who have been court mandated to attend.  Our Cornwall and area P.A.R. program is called the Changing Direction Program.

Domestic Violence is the generic term to refer to abusive or controlling behaviour used by one person against another who are or have been in an intimate partner relationship.  An intimate partner relationship can be a legal marriage, common-law, dating, or a gay or lesbian relationship.  Women in heterosexual relationships are by far the most common victims.

Domestic violence is used to control the life of and maintain power over another person.  Types of abuse are: physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, intimidation, economic abuse, isolation, threats, destruction of property, stalking, harassing and on-going monitoring of the victim. 

Objectives of the Changing Direction program

  • Enhance victim safety and increase offender accountability.
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic abuse and to learn and practice non-abusive, respectful ways of resolving conflict.  
  • Challenge participants to think about how they impact their partners and children and to have empathy about the effects of their abuse.



The group fee will be assessed according client income using a sliding scale. Sessions are two hours in length once a week for 12 weeks.  Attendance is mandatory.


Individuals can be referred to the Changing Direction program by our local Justice Partners in Probation and Parole Services and our Crown Attorney’s office if they are in conflict with the law. We also accept self-referrals, based on availability.


Partner Contact
The primary focus of the PAR program is to enhance the safety of victims of domestic violenceFamily Violence/Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse or intimate partner violence, can be broadly defined a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation. Domestic violence has many forms including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.. This is also achieved by providing information and support to victims. Partner Contact is a service of Changing Direction.

We contact the partner involved in the charges and/or new partner for ALL participants in the program. This service is an attempt to enhance the safety of the partner and their children and to reduce their isolation and provide the partner with information about the Changing Directionís program.