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What topics must the treatment program include in the educational curriculum?

The curriculum of the treatment program must include the following topics:
(1) Belief systems that allow and support violence against women;
(2) Belief systems that allow and/or support the use or threat of violence to establish power and control over an intimate partner;
(3) Definitions of abuse, battering, and domestic violence;
(4) Forms of abuse, including:
(a) Physical abuse;
(b) Emotional and sexual abuse;
(c) Economic manipulation or domination;
(d) Physical force against property or pets;
(e) Stalking;
(f) Terrorizing someone or threatening him or her; and
(g) Acts that put the safety of battered partners, children, pets, other family members, or friends at risk.
(5) The impact of abuse and battering on children and the incompatibility of domestic violence and abuse with responsible parenting;
(6) The fact that a participant is solely responsible for the participant's violent behavior, and must acknowledge this fact;
(7) The need to avoid blaming a victim for the participant's abusive behavior;
(8) Techniques to be nonabusive and noncontrolling;
(9) Negative legal and social consequences for someone who commits domestic violence;
(10) Why it is necessary to meet financial and legal obligations to family members;
(11) Opportunities for a participant to develop a responsibility plan:
(a) The treatment program may assist the participant in developing the plan.
(b) In the plan, the participant must make a commitment to giving up power and control over the victim.
(12) Education regarding individual cultural and family dynamics of domestic violence; and
(13) Washington state laws and practices regarding domestic violence, as described in chapters 10.31, 10.99, and 26.50 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 26.50.150. WSR 01-08-046, ยง 388-60-0245, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]
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