RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Chris Brown likely will spend the next year in group counseling sessions learning about control and other relationship issues as part of his court-ordered treatment for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was sentenced in California Tuesday to five years’ probation, six months of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling for the February attack, and he must stay away from his former girlfriend for the next five years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg is allowing Brown to complete the community labor and counseling in Richmond, near his Montpelier home.
Brown, 20, will undergo domestic violence counseling at Commonwealth Catholic Charities, a nonprofit social services organization that that works with people from all faiths in central and southwestern Virginia.
Executive Director Joanne D. Nattrass said most of the counseling likely will be done in group sessions. She would not reveal when Brown would start the treatment nor any details about the program.
According to the organization’s Web site, its Batterer’s Intervention Program offers educational group sessions with discussions on such topics as control issues and equality in a relationship.
“BIP frequently tests and challenges each group member’s behavior,” the Web site states. “Progress is made only if the abuser is self-accountable for all behaviors, and develops the flexibility to make behavioral changes.”
In a letter to the court, the charity said it would report on Brown’s status monthly. Brown would be allowed to miss up to three sessions.
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