What is a certified batterers intervention program?
Certified batterers intervention programs provide services in very strict group settings to try to help batterers learn to accept responsibility for their violence, as well as understand and change their controlling and abusive behavior.

The groups are led by certified batterers intervention counselors trained in dealing with domestic violence offenders. The programs work with the courts and victim services to help make sure that partners of batterers remain safe. The programs may involve weekly sessions of 1 to 2 hours in length.

The batterer must participate in the program for a minimum of 80 hours. Group leaders feel your safety is a priority concern and will keep ongoing contact with you.

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1. What is domestic violence?
2. What is the legal definition of abuse?
3. What is a 209A Restraining Order?
4. Where can I get a 209A order?
5. How can I get an order in district court?
6. What questions are asked on the form?
7. What relief can I ask for on the application?
8. What about child custody and visitation?
9. What happens after I have completed the 209A forms?
10. What will the judge do after speaking with you?
11. What is a ten day hearing?
12. What happens at the end of a year or the end of the effective date?
13. What should you do if you want to change the terms of the order?
14. Can a minor obtain a 209A order?
15. What happens if the order is violated?
16. What happens if an arrest is made?
17. What are some of the criminal charges that an abuser can be charged with?
18. What happens after an arrest?
19. What happens at the arraignment?
20. What happens after the arraignment?
21. What is a certified batterers intervention program?
22. Will the intervention stop the abuse?