Community Supervision of Domestic Violence OffendersCommunity Supervision of Domestic Violence Offenders

Protecting Victims Through Community Supervision of Intimate 
Partner Domestic Violence Offenders

Intimate partner domestic violence offenders are being arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced in greater numbers than ever before. However, not enough attention has yet been focused on the supervision of these offenders when they are released in the community on probation or parole. Attention to appropriate sentencing, effective judicial oversight, and vigorous supervision of offenders is a vital part of a comprehensive approach to protecting victims and holding intimate partner domestic violence offenders accountable. 

The Office on Violence Against Women of the U. S. Department of Justice awarded funding to the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) for a project that has: 

  • compiled information on sentencing and community supervision practices for domestic violence cases,
  • convened a Working Group to assist with the development of guidelines for community supervision of intimate partner domestic violence offenders,
  • developed a training and technical assistance curriculum based on these practice principles and guidelines, and
  • recruited and provided training to jurisdictional teams willing to implement the guidelines, to enhance their supervision of intimate partner domestic violence offenders.
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    APPA forged a partnership with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) to conduct this project. The project is collecting information on court and community corrections practices in sentencing and supervising intimate partner  domestic violence offenders. A Working Group is assisting the project with developing practice principles and guidelines for effective sentencing decisions, judicial oversight, and supervision of domestic violence offenders released in the community. 

This Web site is supported by grant number 2001-WT-BX-K011 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The American Probation and Parole Association does not provide assistance directly to victims or offenders in domestic violence cases. We do not provide referrals or information via e-mail due to privacy concerns. We do not have access to individual case records and cannot provide case-related advice, and information on this Web site should not be construed or interpreted as such. The American Probation and Parole Association is not responsible for the accuracy of information on other Web sites to which it links. If you need information about probation or parole contacts in your state, please go to APPA's directory.


Help is Available
If you are in an abusive relationship, contact the
National Domestic Violence Hotline at
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)
In Emergencies, dial 911
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