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Mid Central Community Action Inc. Countering Domestic Violence- Neville House. “No Rules Policy”. Senna Adjabeng, ICDVP CDV Program Manager. Before the No Rules Policy. Strict rigid Rules: -Curfew -Chores- Chore list -Bedtime for kids -Reminders as consequences.

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no rules policy

Mid Central Community Action Inc.

Countering Domestic Violence- Neville House

“No Rules Policy”

Senna Adjabeng, ICDVP

CDV Program Manager

before the no rules policy
Before the No Rules Policy

Strict rigid Rules:


-Chores- Chore list

-Bedtime for kids

-Reminders as consequences

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Before the No Rules Policy
  • Controlling
  • Mirroring the home environment that clients were coming from
  • Created a difficult living environment
  • Difficulty maintaining consistency
  • Was not conducive and healthy for clients
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Before the No Rules Policy
  • -Opposite of strict and rigid- Laissez-faire- Nonchalant
  • -Shelter got dirtier
  • -Did not work for communal living
  • Staff assumed clients had all the skills
  • Frustration from staff
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Before the No Rules Policy
  • Focus on our philosophy and agency mission- educate, equip, and empower
  • Clients needed to learn choices
  • Experience little decision making steps
  • Focused on the Basic- Health and safety
middle ground
Middle Ground

The Big 5


-No drugs, alcohol or weapons

-Falsification of information to obtain shelter

-No Stealing

-No threatening behavior

Every staff knows it has to be enforced

other highlights

Middle Ground

Other highlights
  • Security
  • Respect
  • Housekeeping
  • Food
  • Education
  • Self care
middle ground1
Middle Ground
  • Curfew
  • 24 hour policy
  • Chores
  • Neville Bucks- incentives
middle ground2
Middle Ground
  • More communication between staff and clients
  • Not forcing them to comply- Make them have choices
  • More opportunities for the clients to learn
  • Not assuming they know
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • It is not what you say, it is how you say it.
  • Teachable moments