Batterer Intervention Information
The certification and monitoring of batterer intervention programs by the Department of Children and Families is no longer required as a result of legislation adopted by 2012 Legislature and approved by the Governor.
Batterer Intervention Program Requirements
- Programs shall be at least 29 weeks in length and include 24 weekly sessions, plus appropriate intake, assessment, and orientation programming
- Program content shall be based on psycho-educational model that addresses tactics of power and control by one person over another
- Offenders must pay the cost of attending the program to take responsibility for their acts of violence
- Programs shall be funded by user fees paid by the batterers
- Applicable only to programs that address the perpetration of violence between intimate partners, spouses, or those who share a child in common or who are cohabitants in intimate relationships for the purpose of exercising power and control by one over the other
- The court shall order a person found guilty of, has adjudication withheld on, or pleads nolo contendere to a crime of domestic violence to attend and successfully complete a batterer intervention program unless the court determines the person does not qualify and states on the record why the program is inappropriate
- It is preferred that the court send batterers to programs as specified in statute
- The court must provide to the batterer a list of batterer intervention programs from which the batterer must choose a program to attend
For further details of the changes, please consult Chapter 2012-147, Laws of Florida or contact the Domestic Violence Program at (850) 921-2168.
- Chapter 65H-2, Florida Administrative Code
This rule is repealed; however, providers may continue to use as a best practice guide.
- Section 741.32, Florida Statutes
- Section 741.325, Florida Statutes
Contact your local Circuit Court to locate local batterer intervention programs.
Examples of forms that may be used by providers: