In general, forensics is the study of crime and criminal behavior -- it is where crime and treatment meet.
Lifeways works with the courts to provide treatment for people who have committed crimes, such as Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Treatment includes an assessment of the culpability of the client, cognitive restructuring and group therapy. Clients' progress is closely monitored while they adhere to a very strict regimen of treatment.
The primary goal of forensic treatment is to help clients accept responsibility for their behavior and for the harm they have caused. It is only then that clients have the hope of changing their behavior and not repeating their crimes.
At Lifeways, forensics clients enter through a separate, isolated entrance, and receive services behind locked doors. There is no opportunity for them to reoffend while attending treatment, nor for their victims to accidentally be forced to see their perpetrators.