Mandatory Batterers Intervention Program

If a person is found guilty of, has adjudication withheld on, or pleads nolo contendere to a crime of domestic violence in Florida that person in addition to being ordered by the court to a minimum term of 1 year of probation it shall be ordered by the court that the defendant attend and complete a batterers intervention program as a condition of probation.

A batterers intervention program must meet the following requirements:

(1)The primary purpose of the program shall be victim safety and safety of children, if present.

(2)The batterer shall be held accountable for acts of domestic violence.

(3)The program shall be at least 29 weeks in length and include 24 weekly sessions, plus appropriate intake, assessment, and orientation.

(4)The program content shall be based on a cognitive behavioral therapy model or psychoeducational model that addresses tactics of power and control by one person over another.

(5)The program shall be funded by user fees paid by the batterers who attend the program, which allows them to take full responsibility for their acts of violence.  An exception shall be made for local, state, or federal programs that fund batterers intervention programs in whole or in part.

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