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What Are Domestic Violence Classes?

In most U.S. states, conviction for any domestic violence offense will result in probation and mandatory enrollment in domestic violence classes, which are designed to provide the information and tools needed to escape abuse or help others to escape.
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What Will I Learn in a Domestic Violence Class?

Students enrolled in domestic violence classes will focus on identifying triggers of abuse or on preparing a victim to leave an abusive relationship. They may also learn physical techniques to disarm an abuser or methods of rebuilding one’s confidence following an abusive relationship.

The core message of domestic violence education is always the same: Knowledge is power. Domestic abuse victims must know how to recognize an abusive relationship and extract themselves from the abuse. Abusers must acknowledge the pain they cause and strive to understand why they did it so they can change their behavior.

What Is the Batterers’ Intervention Program?

The Batterers' Intervention Program is a California state-approved program designed to help convicted defendants of domestic violence identify and change their behavior. The classes primarily focus on the causes of domestic abuse, victim impact, and needed changes to prevent another incident.

The Batterers' Intervention Program provides education on domestic violence through class lectures, debates, and individual counseling.

Domestic Violence Against Children

Federal laws identify a set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines child abuse and neglect as:

  • "Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation"; or
  • "An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm."

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How Do Domestic Violence Classes Measure Success?

Every successful domestic violence course has the same objective - imparting wisdom to break the cycle of abuse. Success is allowing yourself or a loved one who lives in an abusive relationship to find freedom and wholeness through action.

What Happens if a Person Drops Out of Domestic Violence Classes?

if an offender fails to complete their domestic violence classes, he or she is in violation of their probation and may face jail time and fines. There are 2 types of probation in most states – misdemeanor probation and felony probation.

In most cases, if a party was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, they will be placed on misdemeanor probation. If they were convicted of felony domestic violence, they will be placed on felony probation.

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