If you are facing a domestic assault and battery case in Massachusetts and want probation you may be required to attend the certified batter’s program. Massachusetts prosecutors are much more concerned with victim rights and are really pushing the batter’s program. The program states that the purpose of the program is to help probationers who use abusive behavior to gain power and control over their partners. The program is based on the assumption that the probationer’s actions are choices that result from the probationer’s sense of entitlement. The program is regulated by the Department of Public Health.
The batter’s program is a 40 week intensive program that requires you to attend two hour classes once a week. There is no accelerated version of the program. The average cost of the program is $1,500 and it can be as expensive as $3,300 depending on your income. You would also be required to pay a $350 batter’s assessment fee that is unrelated to the program. Insurance will not cover the cost of the program. The court cannot waive the fee for the program because it is run privately.