What Is Domestic Violence Treatment?

On September 1, 2010, Colorado overhauled the course of domestic violence treatment for all DV cases in the state.

Prior to September 1, 2010, domestic violence treatment was ordered as part of probation in all DV cases, but the treatment could always be completed merely by attendance in Colorado domestic violence classes for 36 weeks. The treatment standards changed in 2010 in several important ways:


First, under the new rules of DV treatment, you must be classified into a treatment level at the beginning of the DV treatment process into one of three levels of domestic violence treatment. The initial classification you receive will determine a lot about how long it takes you to finish DV treatment and how much DV treatment you will have to do. A good Boulder domestic violence defense attorney will help you understand at the start of your case how your DV treatment placement will be determined. A good domestic violence defense attorney can also help advocate for appropriate classification and help you avoid treatment you don’t need.


Second, under the new rules of DV treatment, you must demonstrate an understanding and application of the domestic violence treatment principles before you can complete your treatment and be discharged. It is no longer enough just to attend the DV therapy for a certain period of time. The new DV rules provide a minimum amount of time and number of classes that you must attend, but there is no maximum. The minimum is weekly attendance in domestic violence therapy over at least four months. It is likely that many people will stay in much more intensive therapy for much longer. A good domestic violence defense lawyer can help you understand what skills you will need to demonstrate to complete DV therapy. A good domestic violence defense lawyer can also help you show your understanding of these concepts so that you can earn the earliest possible completion.


Remember, the Colorado DV treatment rules apply to anyone who gets sentenced to probation for a domestic violence case in any Colorado county after September of 2010.

The ultimate goal of many people will be to avoid having a case that is ordered to complete domestic violence treatment in the first place. To avoid DV therapy, you must avoid a domestic violence charge or avoid a domestic violence conviction. The best way to avoid charges and prevent conviction is to call a good domestic violence lawyer as early as possible once you are investigated or arrested for domestic violence. You should not ever plead guilty to a domestic violence offense without first doing a consultation with a lawyer specializing in domestic violence. Once you have entered a domestic violence plea, it is too late to avoid domestic violence consequences.


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