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Adult Domestic Violence Unit
Adult Domestic Violence Program
In 1997 Jackson County Community Justice obtained a Federal grant from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, which provided for the development of a specialized Domestic Violence Unit within the department. The Domestic Violence Unit is comprised of four (4) Parole/Probation Officers who are tasked with enforcing each offenders supervision conditions as identified by the Courts, Local Supervisory Authority, and the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
The Domestic Violence Unit works in collaboration with local victim advocacy agencies, Batterer Intervention Providers and the Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (JCCADSV). The Unit vigorously enforces court ordered no-contact, anti-stalking and restraining orders and works with victims to encourage safety planning through referral to community resources. Primary emphasis of the Domestic Violence Unit is prevention and intervention in an attempt to achieve and maintain the overall Unit goal of increased victim protection, offender accountability, and probation visibility.
The Parole/Probation Officers are specially trained in the behaviors and beliefs of domestic violence offenders and utilize a variety of tools to assist in the enforcement of the offender’s supervision conditions. The Parole/Probation Officers work in collaboration with Batterer Intervention Treatment providers and Polygraph Examiners to provide a framework of offender accountability and rehabilitation, while maintaining victim safety.
The Parole/Probation Officers duties are comprised of the following:
- Complete all risk assessments including the Public Safety Checklist (PSC) assessment and the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA). These assessments are used to determine the offenders risk to re-offend and corresponding supervision level.
- Provide offender referral to Batterer Intervention Treatment, also known as the Domestic Abuse Alternative Program (DAAP).
- Enforce all supervision conditions ordered by the Court, Local Supervisory Authority and/or the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
- Enforce no contact orders and restraining orders.
- Work collaboratively with the Batterer Intervention Treatment providers and polygraph examiners to monitor the offenders compliance with treatment and supervision conditions.
- Respond to offender violations.
- Participate in the Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (JCCADSV).
- Be an active participant in the Batterer Intervention Team.
- Conduct office visits and unannounced home visits with the offender to monitor compliance with supervision conditions.
- Provide final decisions on issues related to sanctions, travel permits, and contact with victims.
Batterer Intervention Treatment Program:
Offenders convicted of a domestic violence crime are required by court order to attend and complete a Batterer Intervention Treatment Program, also known as Domestic Abuse Alternative Program (DAAP). Community Justice utilizes treatment providers approved by the Batterer Intervention Team and by the department Director. Below is a brief outline of the rules/requirements of the Domestic Abuse Alternative Program (DAAP):
- This program, by Oregon Statute, is a minimum of 36 weeks in duration. The program may be extended due to offender non-compliance.
- Polygraph examinations are required to determine program compliance and to determine if violations have occurred.
- Offender completes a ‘Letter of Responsibility’ as a treatment requirement. This letter is written to the victim by the offender, accepting responsibility for their violent behavior. This letter is NOT forwarded to the victim, it is used for treatment purposes only. Offender completes a ‘Empathy Letter’ as a treatment requirement. This letter is written to the victim by the offender and is used to help the offender understand the victim’s experience and what the victim may have been feeling both emotionally and physically.
- Offender is responsible for payment of all fees associated with the program.
- No alcohol or illegal drug use, including non-prescribed prescription drugs.
- No violence or threats of violence.
Participants who are disruptive or uncooperative will be asked to leave the group and may be suspended from the program.
Domestic Violence Unit Contact:
Nate Gaoiran, Program Manager
Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Domestic Abuse Alternative Program (DAAP)?
Minimum 36 weeks in duration per Oregon Administrative Rules
What are the requirements of the Domestic Abuse Alternative Program?
- Minimum 36 weeks in duration, per Oregon State Statute
- May be more than 36 weeks if non-compliant.
- Copy of police report- must be furnished by week 3; offender will read it in group at a later date.
- Two polygraphs required: first polygraph at week 24, second polygraph at week 40.
- Letter of Responsibility- written to the victim (but not sent to the victim) by the offender, accepting accountability for their violence.
- Empathy Letter- written by the offender to help them understand the victim’s experience and what the victim may have been feeling both emotionally and physically.
- Homework Assignments- must be completed to receive credit for that week.
- Class fees must be paid.
- No alcohol use or illegal drug use, including prescription drugs that are not their own.
- No violence or threats of violence.
- Participants who are disruptive or uncooperative will be asked to leave the group and may be suspended from the program.
When will the no contact condition be lifted?
The following are guidelines to be applied on a case-by-case basis and may not be applicable on all cases:
- Telephone Contact: the offender is required to attend five (5) DAAP groups.
- Person to Person Contact: offender is required to attend eight (8) DAAP groups and submit to polygraph testing, at their own expense, to determine compliance to conditions. The supervising officer will contact the DAAP provider for a progress report.
- Removal of No Contact Condition: the offender is required to attend eight (8) DAAP groups and submit to polygraph testing, at their own expense, to determine compliance to conditions. The supervising officer will contact the DAAP provider for a progress report.
- Victim and the offender must both request the no contact condition be lifted.
- Victim will meet with the supervising officer who will determine level of contact allowed or if no contact condition will be removed.
- Required forms will be created and the victim will be advised they can contact the supervising officer anytime they have concerns that the no contact condition can be reactivated.
- The supervising officer, at their own discretion, may reinstate the no contact condition at anytime during supervision.
What is the difference between a No Contact Order and a Restraining Order?
No Contact Order: is a criminal protective order imposed by the courts as a term of release post-arrest or as a condition of probation. A no contact order is valid only in Oregon. It can be modified by a judge pre-sentencing with a hearing petitioned by the victim after completion of a petitioner’s class. Post-sentencing, it remains in effect for the duration of probation and can be modified at discretion of the probation officer.
Restraining Order: is a civil protective order petitioned for by the victim where no report or arrest is required. A restraining order is serviceable in all 50 states. It remains in effect for one year from the date it is granted and may be renewed in court, without a new offense, if the judge determines victim is currently in imminent danger of bodily harm by the aggressor. The restraining order can be modified or removed within 30 days of being granted with a hearing petitioned by the victim or aggressor, after the victim completes required class.
How do I get this expunged off my record so I can own a gun again?
- You may not have been convicted of any other crime within the past 10 years. If you sign the affidavit and have been convicted of a crime, it will be considered false swearing which will result in a criminal proceeding; see ORS 137.225 for a list of case types eligible to be expunged.
- Your offense must be Class C Felony or less (excluding certain crimes that constitute child abuse and any sex crime; see ORS 137.225) and must be over (3) years from the date of conviction;
- All fines and fees must be paid in full on the case.
- Conviction must be 10 years from the date of the latest conviction. If you have more than one conviction, you may expunge multiple convictions but must wait until 10 years from the most recent conviction.
- All arrests that resulted in the District Attorney taking no action must wait one (1) year from the date of arrest;
- Cases that have been dismissed do not have to wait to apply for expunction;
- Traffic cases cannot be expunged;
- You cannot be on any form of probation for the conviction that you are applying for expunction.
If the above criteria is met, you will be required to file forms with both the District Attorney’s Office and the Courts. The District Attorney’s Office will also need a fingerprint card which may be obtained at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The forms can be downloaded from the Oregon Judicial Department website. There are separate fees required for each case you wish to expunge and there are separate fees for the Court and the District Attorney’s Office.
The expungement process takes 8-12 weeks minimum to remove the charge(s) from your record.