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Domestic Violence Program


The domestic violence program provides the local juvenile and domestic relations courts a way to identify, assess and treat offenders who are before the court for assaultive behavior on family members.  Offenders who are referred to Blue Ridge Court Services from the JDR Courts are screened using a domestic violence inventory to assess the severity of problem.  Offenders are then placed into one of four treatment groups to address anger management, batterer prevention or domestic violence issues.  Upon successful completion of treatment, the offender is returned to court for the appropriate disposition.

Legislative Authority 

Va. Code18.2-57.3 allows judges to take domestic violence cases under advisement and to refer the offender to a community corrections programs for assessment and evaluation to determine the appropriate treatment.  Upon successful fulfillment of the terms established by the court, the case may be dismissed at the end of the advisement period.

Treatment Options

Offenders before the court for domestic violence maybe referred to Blue Ridge Court Services where they are interviewed and participate in a Domestic Violence Inventory (DVI).  The offender’s score on the DVI combined with a review of his/her prior record and circumstances of the present offense influence the level of treatment required.  

Four treatment options are available:

  • Blue Ridge Court Services Anger Management
  • Batterer's Intervention 
  • Valley Hope Anger Management
  • Valley Community Services Board Anger Management


Contact Information: 

Tasha Harner, Domestic Violence Coordinator 
Blue Ridge Court Services
125 South New Street
Staunton, VA  24401
886-1008, Ext 4202

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