When faced with a domestic assault charge, a criminal defence lawyer can help you tackle the charge the best way possible. For example, depending on the particular facts of your case, your lawyer can have the charges withdrawn, obtain what is referred to as a peace bond, or attain some other form of resolution that would keep your case out of the formal court process.
In order to persuade the prosecutor assigned to your case to allow its disposition via a resolution, one of the programs that assist with that pitch is the Partner Assault Response Program (PAR). This is a court-accepted program. Keep in mind that the facts of your case have to lend itself to the program. What this means is that the prosecutor has the discretion to decide whether your case warrants the PAR program. Nonetheless, it is our job as your defence lawyer to demonstrate why your case justifies resolution through the PAR program.
The most notable part of this type of resolution is that you will not be left with a criminal record. As you might already be aware, a criminal record can and will have a significant impact on various areas of your life including your job, volunteering opportunities and traveling, to name a few. At Aitken Robertson, our team works hard to get you the best possible outcome, such as avoiding a criminal record for our clients where possible. We rely on our knowledge and experience to achieve such results.
What is the Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program?
The PAR program is recognized by the Ontario court system as being an important form of early intervention and rehabilitation for those involved in a domestic assault situation. The program offers individual and group counselling.
Notable facts about the program:
- The goal is to enhance victim safety and increase offender accountability
- Completion of the program results in a Certificate of Completion and Comprehensive Report
- The program involves discussing ten modules on a variety of relevant topics
- Topics covered include: Using intimidation to learning non-threatening behaviour; using emotional abuse to learning respect; using isolation to learning trust and support; minimizing, denying and blaming to learning honesty and accountability; using children to learning responsible parenting; using economic abuse to striving for economic partnership; using coercion and threats to learning negotiation and fairness
What to Expect to Learn from the PAR Program
- How to foster healthier relationships
- Anger awareness
- Recognize internal cues such as psychological and physiological changes
- How to control issues in relationships in a healthier manner
- Effective communication
- Stress management
- Short and long term effects of partner assault
- Non violent behaviour
- The importance of equality in a relationship
- Anger Management
As you can see, the program is well organized and aims to assist people who are experiencing domestic related issues. Through the program, such persons become equipped with the knowledge and practical understanding of how to better approach their relationship issues.
The program is covered by most extended health benefit insurance plans. If you do not have access to such plans, then the fees will be determined by your assessment, where you are then given a quote. You can make a decision as to whether or not you are in a financially capable position to participate in the program.
If you are facing a domestic assault charge, contact our office for a free 30-minute consultation. Our eastern Ontario region lawyer, Virginia Dolinska, will hear your version of events and inform you of your options. We will also let you know whether it is our legal opinion that your case is a good one for alternative resolution such as through the PAR program.