Compassionate Counsel for Domestic Abuse Intervention
Concerned advocate helps clients make their families whole again
Domestic violence is a scourge inflicting torment on families across the country. In response, state governments have enacted tough laws to punish offenders. However, even though punishment is warranted for domestic battery, jail sentences do not help restore families that have been broken by violence. For that reason, the Louisiana Legislature has passed laws to correct aberrant behavior and facilitate healing. At Conroy Law Firm, APLC in Covington, we handle cases where an abuser enters a domestic abuse intervention program designed to promote better behavior. When appropriate, we help our clients gain admission to such programs as an alternative to incarceration.
Reasons for entering a domestic abuse intervention program
Under Louisiana law, a first-time offender convicted of domestic abuse battery can be placed on probation after serving 48 hours in jail. The minimum conditions for this type of disposition are:
- Performing eight eight-hour days of court-approved community service
- Completing a court-monitored domestic abuse intervention program
- Not owning or possessing a firearm throughout the parole period
An alleged abuser can also opt to enter a domestic violence intervention program if he or she has been the target of an ex parte order of protection. Such an order could, for example, force a parent to vacate the home, prohibit contact with a spouse and prevent the parent from seeing children. Completion of the program can result in the lifting of the protective order and restoration of parental rights.
The Duluth model for domestic violence intervention
In our area, the domestic abuse intervention programs are based on the Duluth model, which treats battery as a learned behavior, rather than a psychiatric illness. The program stresses that what has been learned can be unlearned and replaced with healthy behavior.
The program consists of group encounters for 26 weeks, followed by 26 weeks of individual counseling. Throughout, violence education and coping skills are taught. The goal is to prevent any repetition of the abusive actions. Through the program, offenders are taught to:
- Take full responsibility for their actions
- Understand that abuse is a choice they make regardless of their feelings
- Identify and change attitudes that lead to abuse
- Respect their partner’s autonomy
- Understand how abuse affects partners and their children
Successful completion of a domestic violence intervention program is the first step to restoring the life you cherish.
Can parental rights be reinstated in Louisiana?
Courts typically do not terminate parental rights, usually opting for less drastic measures if a danger is present. If a court has restricted a parent’s rights due to a domestic battery conviction, those restrictions may be lifted after the sentence is complete and the court is satisfied that a threat no longer exists. However, in serious domestic violence cases, a court can terminate all parental rights. After that point, there is no procedure for the parent to have rights reinstated. But, under Louisiana law, a child in foster care, age 15 or older, may ask a court to reinstate their parent’s rights. The parent must agree to have rights restored and the court must rule that the reinstatement is in the child’s best interest.
Contact a knowledgeable family law attorney in Covington for domestic abuse representation
Conroy Law Firm, APLC in Conroy and Metairie represents clients in family law proceedings involving allegations of domestic abuse. We assist with cases where accused batterers avoided jail time and corrected their behavior through a domestic abuse intervention program. To schedule a consultation with a concerned attorney, call us at 985-606-3885 or contact us online.