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The incidence of intimate partner abuse has reached epidemic proportions in Maryland. This phenomenon becomes even more alarming when analyzing the endemic nature of these acts of aggression perpetrated by males and the numerous corresponding implications for families. Synergy (SFS) provides comprehensive domestic violence treatment services to victims and perpetrators.  This program provides individual and group counseling services in English and Spanish. Group treatment will encourage perpetrators to replace abuse-related defense mechanisms such as denial, rationalization, repression, displacement, splitting and projection with coping skills focused on compassion, effective communication and flexible paradigms of gender-related roles and responsibilities. SFS recognizes the multiple theoretical perspectives of intimate partner abuse and corresponding treatment approaches.  Some of the theories include religious, conflict, structural, social learning, role and intergenerational transmission of violence. This organization believes in utilizing the principles and themes of the Duluth Model such as negotiation and fairness, non-threatening behaviors, and shared responsibility within a culturally proficient context that acknowledges cultural concepts of masculinity, tradition and the interdependence of the client's constellation of systems.

SFS works in partnership with individuals to achieve successful outcomes across the spectrum of life domains.  Our vision is to effectuate change through empowering, strength-based service delivery. This organization seeks to foster growth and facilitate change amongst the individuals we serve. Our holistic modality strives to promote optimal functioning within individualized sociocultural contexts. Through our comprehensive array of services predicated upon individuation and collaboration, we aid individuals to become the agents of change. With the exponential increase in diverse ethnic groups, we have employed staff that reflects the cultural and linguistic needs of the varied populations.

SFS’ program goals include:

  1. To assist individuals in developing pro-social behaviors

  2. To assist individuals in becoming free from abuse

  3. To enhance the perpetrator’s sense of accountability and responsibility- and understand the impact of violence on his/her relationships and self

  4. To enhance the ability to identify emotions

  5. To provide strategies for non-violent coping skills

  6. Establish win-win conflict resolution strategies


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