What steps must a treatment program take to address victim safety?
(1) Each treatment program must have written policies and procedures that adequately assess the safety of the victims of the perpetrators enrolled in the treatment program.
(2) The treatment program must take the following steps to protect victims:
(a) Notify the victim of each program participant within fourteen days of the participant being accepted or denied entrance to the program that the participant has enrolled in or has been rejected for treatment services;
(b) Inform victims of specific outreach, advocacy, emergency and safety planning services offered by a domestic violence victim program in the victim's community;
(c) Encourage victims to make plans to protect themselves and their children;
(d) Give victims a brief description of the domestic violence perpetrator treatment program, including the fact that the victim is not expected to do anything to help the perpetrator complete any treatment program requirements; and
(e) Inform victims of the limitations of perpetrator treatment.
(3) The program must document in writing the program's efforts to notify the victim of the above requirements.
(4) The program cannot invite or require the victims of participants to attend perpetrator treatment program counseling sessions or education groups which the program requires participants to attend as a condition of their contracts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 26.50.150
. WSR 01-08-046, § 388-60-0065, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]