Resources For Resolving Violence, Inc. is licensed as a Mental Health Agency by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. We facilitate evaluations and provide community and home-based clinical services for individuals and families addressing pain from violence and sexual harm.
Administrative offices are located at 28 Marshview Drive, Freeport, Maine 04032, and therapy is provided, whenever possible, in each family’s residence, or home community. Therapy sessions can also be facilitated in existing community service agency offices through a collaborative effort.

Specific services include:

  • Family systems and ecological evaluations addressing violence and sexual harm
  • School systems evaluations addressing violence and sexual harm
  • Home based family services
  • Mental health outpatient therapy
  • Trauma recovery services
  • Consultation to multi-disciplinary teams addressing violence and abuse

Clinical Services are provided for victims, perpetrators, and witnesses to violence and sexual assault.  All services adhere to standards set forth by credentialing bodies and best practice research in conjunction with child welfare and criminal justice. Community safety, victim justice, and sensitivity are paramount.   All service provision adheres to an ecological framework that embraces each client’s family, pertinent neighbors, community, work, school, or church members (see Philosophy).

Unique Features

Resources For Resolving Violence, Inc. fills a gap in the continuum of care for violence prevention and intervention.  In Maine and surrounding states, specialized services in response to violence remain inadequate.  Many clinicians are not trained to provide a holistic, research-based response to violence, and systems of care remain fragmented in service provision.  Referral sources need a place for safe “one-stop shopping” when violence is indicated.

We provide comprehensive family evaluations in order to recommend and provide family-sensitive interventions.  All recommendations are based on prevention, community safety, and harm reduction. Intensive home-based family therapy, community supervision, victim protection, skill building with youth and parents, resource development, and mentorship enhance potential for long-term success and is cost effective. Research on this approach indicates substantially reduced expenses with seamless integration into established wraparound processes.

Residential treatment has not been found to be effective in stopping youth violence. Seldom is family involvement adequate in residential care and transitions are fraught with inadequate social support and structured aftercare services. Geography and financial limitations often prevent the very social support that is a primary protective factor for prevention and early intervention. We provide intensive home-based services for children in order to promote factors necessary for successful treatment outcomes.  Resources For Resolving Violence, Inc. also provides evaluations and aftercare services for youth transitioning out of residential care in order to reduce recidivism and promote long-term well-being and community safety.

When services cannot be provided in a client’s home, collaboration with the family occurs in order to obtain a suitable location. Such a location may be a room in a local state office or site of other service provision, such as a private agency.

Home Based Mental Health Services: Short-term Intensive home-based mental health services are provided in accordance with:

  • Forum for Youth Investment
  • Kauffmann Foundation. The Findings of the Kauffmann Best Practices Project to Help Children Heal From Child Abuse (2004)
  • National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Complex Trauma in Children (2003)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Office of The Surgeon General Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001)
  • The Future of Children. Juvenile Justice (2008)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services, Center For Disease Control Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action (2002)
  • University of Colorado Blueprints For Violence Prevention

The goal is to provide evidence-based interventions in a cost-effective manner to permanently stop violence.

Frequency and intensity of services are individualized based upon the needs of each youth and family receiving services.

Referral Sources: Youth and family referrals come exclusively from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Child Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), or Juvenile Justice. Evaluations and consultation referrals are accepted from any state departments of child and adult protective services, child welfare, private social services agencies, sexual assault and domestic violence crises centers, coalitions of sexual assault programs, shelters, detention centers, court services units, schools, and private medical, mental health, psychological, and psychiatric service agencies.

Resources For Resolving Violence, Inc. is unable to serve actively psychotic clients or those unable to orient to time and place.


Hi Joann, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to thank-you for all that you have done. If you had asked me a couple years ago if I thought my life would be where it is today I know I would have said no. The only thing I looked forward to was going to bed and I dreaded getting up every morning to have to face my life and all its chaos. But now my life though not perfect it is what I had hoped it would be. I have a daughter and a wife that love each other, they shop, argue, make jewelry together and sometimes make me feel left out. But that’s okay, that’s a feeling I’m glad to endure. I know many challenges are in the future and I am not fooled that there will be hard times, but one thing I have now is hope and dreams for my entire family. Teenage years are difficult and we have plenty of our own, but those are okay and as [my wife] says “its not much different than any other teenager”, and when she says that I know we are doing okay.

I just wanted to touch base with you to say thank-you and if it wasn’t for your insight and kindness you showed to our family……. well I don’t want to think about the what ifs. I just felt it was important for me to tell you THANK YOU for all that you have done for not just our family but for me as well.

A Happy husband and Dad