Brandon Brewer comes off as a mild-mannered guy--but he hasn’t always been able to control his temper.
"Everyone has an inner monster," Brewer said.
That monster came alive one night after Brewer got home from a date with his girlfriend. Everything had been going well, but at home, the two started fighting in front of their 4-year-old daughter.
"She fell, hit the bed and laid on the floor,” Brewer said.
She went in to the doctor and Brewer went to Lifeworks' resolution counseling, a program for those involved in domestic violence.
"When I first came in here, I was always whining and crying about how lonely I am," Brewer said.
More than a thousand people are in the same seat as Brewer, making efforts to help stop the cycle of domestic violence.
"If we can do that, we can make Austin a safer community," Lifeworks Executive Director Susan McDowell said. "Our goal is to not only help the client who comes to us wanting to change their lives, but even more importantly, we want to impact the lifelong potential of the families, in particularly the children."
McDowell says three million American children face violence in the home and 81 percent of men accused of domestic violence grew up watching it.
For Brewer, after 30 weeks in counseling, he’s ready to leave the monster behind.
"You learn so much about yourself to make your life better, to make everything better, your family your friends everything,” Brewer said. “You're a better person when you leave here."
Lifeworks did a study on their resolution counseling groups. They'll release the findings 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 835 N. Pleasant Valley Road.