The Alma Center believes that to create true safety for victims and children in violent homes, and to break the cycle of violence—the abuser must change. The agency provides pioneering trauma-informed healing, education, supportive services and a positive peer community to promote lifestyle transformation for abusive men (www.almacenter.org).
The Alma Center’s innovative approach has been recognized as a model for the nation as recipient of the prestigious 2014 Celebrating Solutions Award (http://www.marybyronproject.org). Competition for this award included more than 300 national applicants, and the Alma Center was chosen by a panel of leading domestic violence experts.
“We are honored and humbled to receive national recognition for our work,” says Dr. Terri Strodthoff, Alma Center’s Founder and Executive Director. “We know that domestic violence is learned, and can be unlearned. Men who perpetrate domestic violence can change, and their change is crucial to our community, their partners, and the next generation of children.”
Most of the men who attend the Alma Center programs are the now grown-up boys who were themselves raised in abusive families. The Alma Center utilizes the best of research and evidence-based practice to create transformative interventions to break the generational cycle of violence.