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What are Domestic Violence Accountability Programs?

Created as a response to the need to increase victim safety through enhance accountability for domestic violence offenders, domestic violence accountability programs are specifically designed to provide education about the impact of domestic violence and healthy relationship skill building to domestic violence offenders.

Domestic Violence Accountability Programs in Vermont

In 1996, the Vermont Department of Corrections issued the “Statewide Standards for Domestic Abuse Intervention.” These standards were developed by a core committee of Corrections staff, domestic violence victim advocates and batterer intervention providers. They were the first effort in Vermont to create a consistent set of expectations for programs that provided services to men who batter and reflected a national trend in this regard. The work of the core committee drew from efforts to develop standards in many other states and from the experience of providing batterer intervention services in Vermont.

In 2001, the Vermont Coalition of Batterer Intervention Services initiated a process of updating the 1996 Standards. The process was a collaboration involving staff of the Department of Corrections, the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Department of Children and Families, batterer intervention providers and members of the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence. This effort resulted in revised Standards adopted in 2005. These revised Standards included for the first time a requirement for programs to be certified for their compliance.  In 2010 and 2015 the Standards were updated again.

In 2008, the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence was established in statute. Among other duties, the Council was tasked with developing and maintaining Standards for programs that work with domestic violence offenders. Currently, the Domestic Violence Accountability Coordinator, a contracted position reporting to the Council, facilitates the certification process and provides training and technical assistance to domestic violence accountability programs.

To contact the Network about Domestic Violence Accountability, click here.

For more information regarding the Standards, click here.

For a list of Certified Batterer Intervention Service Providers, click here.

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