Friday, October 22, 2010

Santa Barbara cracks down on domestic violence offenders

One in every four women will be the victim of domestic violence during their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Since felony domestic violence offenders are three times more likely to fail out of probation and go to jail, the Santa Barbara County Probation Department has been awarded $100,000 per year to help address this serious issue.

The money will go into implementing a Batterers Enhanced Supervision and Treatment (BEST) Program. The BEST program will advance the supervision for smaller probation caseloads that have been convicted of domestic violence, dating violence and other offenses such as stalking. GPS technology will be used on offenders that are the most high risk.

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