An Act Regarding Court Orders for Completion of a Batterers' Intervention Program in Domestic Violence Cases
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §1151, sub-§7, as enacted by PL 1975, c. 499, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA §1151, sub-§8, ¶B, as amended by PL 2005, c. 551, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 17-A MRSA §1151, sub-§9 is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 17-A MRSA §1204, sub-§6 is enacted to read:
This bill requires a court to provide justification when participation in a batterers' intervention program is not ordered in sentencing a person for certain crimes against a current or former spouse, domestic partner, sexual partner or dating partner or an individual with whom the person is living or lived as a spouse. The bill adds an additional purpose to the sentencing provisions of the Maine Criminal Code. The additional purpose recognizes domestic abuse as a serious crime and recognizes certified batterers' intervention programs as the most appropriate and effective community intervention in cases involving domestic abuse.