Two pilot projects announced yesterday will help to treat Albertans involved with domestic violence.

The first program, the Red Path Living Without Domestic Violence initiative, hopes to rehabilitate those convicted of domestic violence. Based around the First Nations communities of Alexis and Alexander, northwest of Edmonton, the program will combine First Nations traditions with clinical practices.

Another program, the Integrated Domestic Violence Treatment Program, will work to prevent domestic violence through intervention and counselling. The project will treat men and women who had previously been abusive towards a partner, while also providing services to children exposed to family violence. This program will initially be based in Lethbridge.

The initiatives were endowed by the Safe Communities Innovation Fund to provide grassroots solutions to domestic violence.

As part of the economic recovery plan, the province has pledged to fund the programs over the next three years at a cost of $1.5 million.