The RESPECT Program, founded in 1995, is a counseling/educational program for domestic offenders offered by Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc. Participants are individuals who are court-mandated following a domestic offense, or who voluntarily identify themselves as having a problem with being physically, verbally, or emotionally abusive to their domestic partner.


  • To end abusive relationship patterns.
  • To handle feelings in a constructive manner.
  • To promote safety, equality and cooperation in relationships.


Education and group discussion is utilized to assist the individual in changing attitudes and beliefs that contribute to the problem. Participants will learn and practice respectful, non-violent ways to communicate needs and resolve conflict.

Program Requirements:

  1. Willingness to accept responsibility for your actions.
  2. Desire to practice non-violence in your relationship(s).
  3. Complete an assessment with one of the group facilitators.
  4. Make a commitment to stop any form of violence or abuse.
  5. Obey existing court orders.
  6. Complete 26 group sessions at Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc.


There is a $60 fee for the initial assessment. If admitted to the program, you will be charged a weekly fee of $25. Payment is expected each week. Note: Insurance and Medicaid are not accepted for RESPECT, as it is primarily an education program.

Program Procedures:

Admission to the program is on a continuous basis. Each group will be 1 1/2 hours in length. Regular attendance is required. Period reports and notification of completion will be made to the referral source. Contact CCS to make an appointment for an initial assessment.