Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council
Section 19 of Public Act 15-211 established a Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council. This Legislative Advisory Council, housed within the Joint Committee on Judiciary, is charged with promulgating, reviewing and updating/amending (as necessary), these standards.
To assist in the operational utilization of the standards in practice within the adult criminal court, the Advisory Council is generating a list of community-based providers or agencies offering domestic violence interventions/services that adhere to a specific and defined set of standards. The community-based providers will be providing this intervention/service with the goal of submitting written reports to the Court. The reports, along with the conclusions and/or recommendations of the professional, will be used by the State’s Attorneys and the Court in the resolution of criminal court cases on a statewide basis.
A Study of Public Act 15-211: Domestic Violence
Offender Program Standards (2018)
In 2018, following a recommendation by the Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council, the Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice at Central Connecticut State University was contracted with to analyze court data pertaining to domestic violence cases and facilitate focus groups of key stakeholders. The goal was to identify more specifically issues related to the implementation of Public Act 15-211. The overall analysis of 2016 court data and the focus groups and interviews revealed that Public Act 15-211 has had minimal to no effect on changing court process of domestic violence offenders. The report offers both programmatic and research recommendations to strengthen implementation of Public Act 15-211.
The Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council is soliciting written provider agreement forms from individuals or agencies/centers that perform domestic violence intervention/services in the community and wish to be included on a list to be used in adult criminal court proceedings. The list will include the provider’s name, contact information (including, but not limited to business address, telephone number, email, and website), and areas in which they provide services in Connecticut. Only those individuals or agencies that are on the list can be utilized by defendants that are charged with a family violence offense (see section 22 of Public Act 15-211) as a part of resolving the pending criminal case.
Each individual and/or agency will adhere to a formal Provider Agreement (see bottom of page for relevant documents). This Provider agreement must be reviewed, signed and notarized by professionals providing domestic violence offender programming to individuals or groups of individuals referred or mandated by the adult criminal court for a domestic violence crime. It is the intention of the agreement that all domestic violence offender services fully comply with any and all State of Connecticut standards and guidelines; and that any professional providing these services is qualified, trained, and appropriately supervised. These established standards are intended to serve as a framework for new and existing service providers to develop and deliver services to people arrested for committing a crime(s) of violence against a current or former intimate partner.
Deviation Consideration: The standards were revised in 2019 to also include a deviation consideration. In regard to the deviation consideration, the Advisory Council understands that some effective programs will have components that do not comport with the CT Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards. There is now a current process which allows agencies or individuals to request consideration, either before formal submission or at the time of application, of their program despite this barrier. The Advisory Council will review on a case by case basis each request for deviation. If the deviation is granted then the agency or individual will be permitted to become an approved provider. A deviation will not be granted if the proposal is in conflict with the Guiding Principles of the CT Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards. Please see below under "Relevant Documents" for the most up-to-date standards and deviation approval form.
A list will be generated for use starting July 1, 2016 (available below for download). The Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council or the State of Connecticut or any of its agencies, officers, employees or agents will not endorse, inspect or otherwise attest to the effectiveness and or quality of the services offered by an individual or agencies that are placed on this list.
The Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council and/or the State of Connecticut will not provide funding for services. The Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council and/or the State of Connecticut is not responsible for any financial costs associated with being on the list, even if a party utilizes an individual or agency on the list as part of a formal court proceeding. Individuals/participants are responsible for all costs associated with the services.
Respondents must submit the Provider Application and Provider Agreement to the Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council (available below for download). The initial list will be generated for July 1, 2016 but individuals/agencies can submit the Provider Application and Provider Agreement at any time for consideration and placement on this list. The Advisory Council will review the submissions on an on-going basis. All responses will be in writing. Written questions prior to the final submission date may be sent to the Co-Chairs of the Advisory Council electronically - Meghan Scanlon, CCADV and Joe DiTunno, Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division.
Mail your completed and notarized Provider Application and Provider Agreement to:
655 Winding Brook Drive, Suite 4050
Glastonbury, CT 06033
ATTN: DV Offender Program Standards Advisory Council
Approved List of Providers - Agency
(Last Updated January 28, 2020)
Approved List of Providers - Individual
(Last Updated January 28, 2020)
Please note, The Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council or the State of Connecticut or any of its agencies, officers, employees or agents do not endorse, inspect or otherwise attest to the effectiveness and or quality of the services offered by an individual or agencies that are placed on this list.
Click to download - the agreement and applications are fillable forms but must be downloaded to access that feature...
CT Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards (Revised July 2019)
Request for Approval - Deviation from Program Standards (August 2019)