Family Violence Court

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Family Violence Court in California

Family Violence Court in the County of Marin

The Marin County Family Violence Court Program is a court-ordered program for individuals convicted of a qualifying family violence offense. The Family Violence Court seeks to compel defendants’ compliance with their criminal sentences and improve the conduct of families that desire to stay together by supporting that outcome with court-monitored structure and program assistance for all members of the family.

Family Violence Court requires regular court appearances and focuses on ensuring that defendants participate in batterers’ programs; pay fines, fees and restitution; perform community service work; attend alcohol and drug treatment as needed; and comply with all other terms and conditions of sentences ordered by the Court.

The Family Violence Court program is designed in three mandatory phases which defendants progress through as they successfully complete the program and comply with all court orders. A voluntary fourth phase is offered to defendants to address peripheral concerns (family counseling, housing assistance, parenting classes, etc.) and provide opportunities to defendants to successfully overcome the underlying pressures that sometimes lead to family violence.

The Family Violence Court Team includes a judicial officer, probation officer, district attorney, defense counsel and may include treatment providers. The team approach is collaborative and involves monitoring of court ordered compliance and rehabilitation of participants. Under this approach, the Team meets before each court session to discuss each defendant’s progress and compliance with treatment and to provide input to the judicial officer in determining the appropriate action to be taken at that day’s court session.

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