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Books & Courses

The Circuit Breaker Program

Circuit Breaker is a ten session group-based course for the early prevention of domestic violence, and is suitable for almost anyone who feels their temper is affecting the quality of their relationships. The program is designed to equip churches and community groups for deeper engagement with people who are seeking new tools and strategies to avoid becoming abusive. 


How to Start Delivering the Circuit Breaker Program


People wishing to deliver the Circuit Breaker program in their communities begin by identifying potential group leaders and then having them trained, either onlineor at one of our face-to-face "Tools for Preventing Domestic Violence"events. Next, they are shown the short, simple and cost-free process of becoming a licensed provider of the program.



The format has been designed for non-experts, with simple week-by-week instructions for group leaders. Session notes with full video support provide the necessary teaching so that trained facilitators can get on with building relationships, trust and cooperation within a safe and non-judgmental group. 

Circuit Breaker is based on 22 years of development and of listening to abusers to discover what the real issues are for them. The result is a course which angry or abusive people find disarming, accessible and highly liberating.

Although anger-management is only a part of the complex issue of domestic abuse, it tends to be the issue that participants are first wanting to talk about. Circuit Breaker builds trust by giving participants tried and tested tools for managing anger, and then invites participants to dive deeper into issues of power & control, the cycle of violence, jealousy and more.

Community groups and churches who already conduct recovery group type courses will find the format familiar and user-friendly.

Once you have gained your Circuit Breaker Provider's Licence, you can get started here by ordering your Faciltator's manual (scroll down to store) or check out the complete video of Session One - "Discretion and Your Anger."

Your purchase of a Circuit Breaker facilitator's manual is only the beginning of the excellent product support you will be able to access right here.

Disclaimer:* The Circuit Breaker licensing agreement forbids persons who have not completed Circuit Breaker Facilitator Training (in person or online) or who are not in the possession of a Circuit Breaker Provider's Licence from delivering groups and programs. Facilitator training specific to the Circuit Breaker course is available for your teams by request from our support page. Check our events page for training events which may already be scheduled in your area, and for links to online training and licensing.

** Circuit Breaker is an early prevention course. Although Circuit Breaker may be effective for high level domestic violence cases, (in both counselling and group therapy), such an application should only be considered with respect for any local legislation which may apply to perpetrator programs.

Resource Store (2024 Orders Resume Jan 9)

(For international orders of course manuals, pleasecontact us)

Circuit Breaker Facilitator's Manual

The 149 page full facilitator's manual, including the complete participants notes plus detailed facilitators notes for the full ten group sessions.

Note: Available for purchase by licenced providers only. 2 Manuals are required for each group (1 per facilitator)

Circuit Breaker Participant's Manual

The 112 page participants manual, including notes for the ten group sessions, home work tasks and extras.

Note: Available for purchase by licenced providers only. 1 manual is required for each of your group participants.

Changing Tools

We all have them. Annoying habits, dysfunctional traits and addictions are just some of the blunt and broken tools we use to cope in our lives and relationships.

Changing Tools brings the foremost contemporary therapeutic approaches together in a plain English model for finding a breakthrough. You’ll be inspired by stories from real-life counselling scenarios, demonstrating that change is not only possible, but yours to have.

After The Honeymoon

After the Honeymoon is written specifically for abusive men with its focus on insight and skills development. It describes the cycle of abuse and the broad range of abusive behaviours that gradually corrode love in a relationship, with separation a likely outcome. This book outlines positive steps abusive men need to take and the skills they need to develop to ensure an abuse-free relationship.

Opening the Door From the Inside

Opening the Door From Inside: How to deal with domestic violence is a remarkable and hopeful book that answers many of the questions abused women struggle with. 

This book is crammed with information about domestic violence and sets out a practical, action-oriented approach where the abused woman learns when it’s safe to open the door and speak out and how to change the destructive circumstances of her life, one vital step at a time.

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