Domestic Violence Services

What are we doing about it?

The SPARC Foundation offers innovative and effective abuser treatment programs. The program re-educates offenders and helps them develop new methods of interacting with intimate partners and family members.  We aim to reduce domestic violence through the Emerge Abuser Education Group curriculum. The nation’s first Batterer Intervention Program (BIP), the Emerge philosophy focuses not just on physical violence, but a range of behaviors that often include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal and economic abuse. The Emerge BIP curriculum also centers around domestic violence occurring within a social context of dominance in social, familial, institutional and economic interactions. Most importantly is the concept that the use of domestic violence is a learned behavior.  

Due to the complexities of the histories and risk factors that lead an individual to utilize domestic violence, innovative and various solutions must be applied. Individuals referred to SPARC’s BIP attend 26 weeks of interactive groups and have access to unlimited case management services. Case management services address each individual in a comprehensive manner. Needs addressed through this service may be employment, housing, spiritual, educational and more. Additionally,  Case management services include communicating with referral sources about attendance, participation and progress during the program, including documentation for court or attendance at treatment meetings.  

SPARC’s BIP program accepts referrals from the courts, probation departments, social services and individuals referring themselves.

SPARC works to Increase the safety of spouses, partners and families in our community. That often begins with identifying who may be at risk or already experiencing domestic violence.  
Domestic violence affects people of all ages, and across all racial, cultural and socio-economic spectrums of society. Domestic violence is not only physical/sexual abuse, but also includes tactics used to exert power and control over another. Why do people abuse? Researchers are still trying to understand the leading factors that result in domestic violence. Current research is beginning to show correlations between child maltreatment (physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, sexual abuse, neglect, family violence), childhood family characteristics and current substance abuse with adult perpetration of domestic violence. Childhood neglect is known to lead to adult problems with aggression. It is the coexistence of these risk factors that potentially leads to psychological and physical abuse.
Does the person you love or live with:

• Make you feel uncomfortable or afraid?
• Often put you down, humiliate you, or make you feel worthless?
• Constantly check up on what you are doing or where you are going?
• Try to stop you from seeing your own friends or family?
• Make you feel afraid to disagree or say ‘no’ to them?
• Constantly accuse you of flirting with other when this isn’t true?
• Tell you how the household finances should be spent, or prevent you from having your own money?
• Stop you from having medical assistance?
• Scare or hurt you by being violent (ie. Hitting, choking, smashing things, locking you in, driving dangerously to frighten you)?
• Pressure or force you to do sexual things that you don’t want to do?
• Threaten to hurt you, or to kill themselves if you say you want to end the relationship?
• Interfere with your online access or access to the phone?
• Hurt you children, or performed violent actions in front of your children?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, support is available for you.
If you live in Buncombe County, you can walk into the Family Justice Center at 35 Woodfin St. Or schedule an appointment by calling 828-250-6900.  

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. 

If you would like more information about SPARC’s program or would like to make a referral, please call 828-707-7330. 

At SPARC, we believe that people can change. Through education, counseling and accountability, we all have the ability to make new choices.