The Family Violence Education Program (“FVEP”) can be used by people charged with certain family crimes.  A person who used this program before or who used the Accelerated Rehabilitation (“AR”) program for a family violence crime committed on or after October 1, 1986, cannot use this program.

The victim is notified of the defendant’s request to be assigned to the FVEP program, and the victim is given a chance to comment in court about the application.

If the court allows the defendant to use this program, the defendant is released to the custody of the family violence intervention unit of the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) for up to two years, and must obey conditions set by the court.  If the defendant finishes the assigned program successfully, the charges against the defendant are dismissed by the court.