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.

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