AB 439, as amended, Bloom. Protective orders: batterer’s program.
Existing law authorizes a court to issue an order to restrain any person in order to prevent acts of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual abuse and to provide for a separation of the persons involved in the domestic violence for a period sufficient to enable these persons to seek a resolution of the causes of the violence. Existing law further authorizes a court to, after notice and hearing, issue an order requiring the restrained party to participate in a batterer’s program, as specified.
This bill would, commencing July 1, 2016, require a restrained party ordered to participate in a batterer’s program to register for the program by a specified
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to, begin delete uponend delete enrollment, sign all necessary program consent forms for the program to release specified documents, including proof of enrollment, to the court and the protected party or his or her begin delete attorney.end delete The bill would require the Judicial Council to begin delete amend the existing restraining order forms or develop a new form for use by courts that includes these requirements.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 6343 of the Family Code is amended to
(a) After notice and a hearing, the court may issue an
4order requiring the restrained party to participate in a batterer’s
5program approved by the probation department as provided in
6Section 1203.097 of the Penal Code.
7(b) (1) Commencing July 1, 2016, if the court orders a restrained
8party to participate in a batterer’s program pursuant to subdivision
9(a), the restrained party shall do
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10(A) Register for the program by the deadline ordered by the
11court. If no deadline is ordered by the court, the restrained party
12shall register no later than 30 days from the date the order was
begin deleteUpon end deleteenrollment, sign all necessary program
15consent forms for the program to release proof of enrollment,
16attendance records, and completion or termination reports to the
17court and the protected party, or his or her attorney. The court and
18the protected party
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to the program a fax number
19or mailing address for
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begin deleteThe end deleteJudicial Council shall begin delete amend the
25existing restraining order forms or develop a new form that includes
26the requirements of this subdivision for use by courts when a party
27is ordered to participate in a batterer’s program pursuant to
28subdivision (a).end delete
30(c) The courts shall, in consultation with local domestic violence
31shelters and programs, develop a resource list of referrals to
32appropriate community domestic violence programs and services
33to be provided to each applicant for an order under this section.