The Specific Levels Of Domestic Violence Treatment

Following the September 1, 2010 overhaul of Colorado’s Domestic Violence Treatment Standards, if you either plead guilty to a domestic violence offense or are found guilty of a domestic violence offense by a jury, and you are sentenced to a period of probation, you will then be referred to a state approved domestic violence treatment provider for evaluation purposes.  The domestic violence treatment evaluator will place you into a treatment category, which will determine the presumptive amount of counseling required in order for you to complete your probation obligations.


The requirement of a Colorado Domestic Violence Licensed Treatment Provider is important for several reasons:

1) You cannot receive DV treatment credit from sessions completed with just any licensed therapist or psychologist, even if you have a pre-existing relationship with another counselor. Rather, the State has a list of approved treatment providers that you must use.

2)  Colorado domestic violence treatment providers require adherence to specific treatment rules in addition to attending sessions.  One of these rules prohibits a couple from attending relationship counseling together while one person is enrolled in domestic violence treatment.

3)  If you are a resident of another state and are arrested for a domestic violence offense in Colorado, it can be extremely difficult to comply with Colorado DV law from your home state.  For the same reason, it can also be quite difficult to move to another state while you are on domestic violence probation.



The three domestic violence treatment levels are as follows:


Level A: This is the lowest intensity level of domestic violence treatment. Level A requires you to attend clinical secessions once a week and complete at least two treatment plan reviews before you can be released from treatment. The treatment plan reviews occur every two to three months. Importantly, if the treatment team feels that during the treatment you develop increased risks then you can be moved into either Level B or Level C treatment. However, it is important to note that you can never be moved down from Level B or Level C to Level A. If you are not initially placed into Level A, then you will be required to complete more intense domestic violence treatment.


Level B: This is the moderate level of domestic violence treatment. Level B requires attendance at one weekly group clinical secession and one additional secession per month; either individual or group therapy; mental health therapy; or substance abuse therapy. Level B also requires at least 3 treatment plan reviews before the process of terminating treatment can begin. If you are placed in Level B you can be moved up to Level C but can never be moved down to Level A.


Level C: This is the highest intensity level of domestic violence treatment. Level C requires attendance at 2 weekly group clinical secessions and at least 3 treatment plan reviews before beginning the process of termination.


Regardless of which Level you are placed in, your domestic violence treatment cannot be terminated until you actively participate in treatment and demonstrate an understanding and application of at least 18 “Core Competencies” set by the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board. Therefore, you cannot be given a guaranteed completion date for treatment when you begin.

Please contact Zachary Malkinson for assistance in forecasting your domestic violence treatment level in order to help predict the time and cost of treatment.

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