The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Off the beating path

Ordered to ADVANCE, one man celebrated Christmas peacefully

The Christmas tree stood upright in the Palmers' living room, its twinkling lights reflecting off metallic ornaments, casting a warm glow throughout the room.

"We had a houseful of kids running around at the holidays," recalled Diane Palmer. "There were no fights. It was strange. It was good. This was the first year I can remember that he didn't throw the tree down the stairs."

"He" is Diane's husband, Aaron, a convicted batterer and a graduate of ADVANCE, a batterer's intervention program sponsored by Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania, York.

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