Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), also known as diversion or plea and pass agreement, began when the University of Iowa’s Women’s Resource and Action Center received a grant in 1977 to explore the problem of domestic violence in the community. The DVIP ultimately expanded and many communities in other states around the nation began to use the DVIP as a model for the services they could provide.

Florida has a number of different programs for the victims of domestic violence. Multiple service centers throughout the state provide a variety of resources to women, children, and other victims of domestic violence.

Attorney for Domestic Violence Intervention Program in West Palm Beach, FL

If you were arrested for a domestic violence offense in Palm Beach County, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. aggressively defends clients in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Greenacres, and several other nearby areas in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.

Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell are experienced criminal defense lawyers in West Palm Beach who will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case that results in the fewest possible consequences. You can have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (561) 557-8686 to set up a free initial consultation.

Palm Beach County Domestic Violence Intervention Program Information Center

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DVIPs in Florida

Domestic violence services and programs are offered in all Florida counties. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has a Domestic Violence Unit, and certified service centers in the county include:

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

2905 S. Federal Hwy., Suite C9

Delray Beach, FL 33483

(561) 265-3797


YWCA of Palm Beach County

1016 N. Dixie Hwy.

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 640-0050


Miami-Dade County also offers a number of intervention and prevention services for families.  Certified shelters in the county include:


Miami-Dade Advocates for Victims

2400 South Dixie Hwy.

Miami, FL 33133

(305) 285-5904


Victim Response, Inc. / The Lodge

1901 SW 1st St.

Miami, FL 33135

(305) 693-1170


Women In Distress identifies itself as “the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Florida.”

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Batterers' Intervention Programs in Florida

In some domestic violence cases, the court may order an alleged offender to participate in a batterers’ intervention program. Under Florida Statute § 741.30(6)(a)5, the court or any entity designated by the court must provide the alleged offender with a list of batterers’ intervention programs from which he or she must choose a program in which to participate.

Some of the batterers’ intervention programs in South Florida include:

Eleventh Judicial Circuit | Miami-Dade County


Alliance For Psychological Services

8750 SW 132nd St.

Miami, FL 33176

(305) 251-3464


Anaga Psychotherapy Center

5001 SW 74th Ct.

Miami, FL 33155

(305) 663-0013


Miami-Dade Community Services

1901 1st St., 2nd Floor

Miami, FL 33135

(305) 631-8931


Dade Family Counseling, Inc./Families in Action, Inc.

8372 SW 8th St.

Miami, FL 33144

(305) 267-0205


The Recovery Project

10300 Sunset Dr., Suite 160

Miami, FL 33173

(305) 271-5722


West Miami CHMC, Inc.

259 Park Blvd.

Miami, FL 33126

(305) 262-0099


West Miami CHMC, Inc.

283 Park Blvd.

Miami, FL 33126

(305) 262-0099


Fifteenth Judicial Circuit | Palm Beach County


Abusive Partners Program

1700 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite 146

Boca Raton, FL 33432

(561) 750-9710


Counseling Services of Lake Worth

416 North Dixie Hwy.

Lake Worth, FL 33460

(561) 547-0303


Comprehensive Outpatient Recovery, Treatment & Evaluation, Inc. (CORTE)

1280 N. Congress Ave., Suite 206

West Palm Beach, FL 33409

(561) 279-9295


Best Life Counseling

1001 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 107

Jupiter, FL 33458

(561) 745-8889


Family Health Counseling Center

2677 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 102

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

(561) 433-0123


Florida Family Care

7100 West Camino Real, Suite 302

Boca Raton, FL 33432

(561) 447-9121


Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, Inc.

1708 Australian Ave.

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

(561) 248-4679


Knowledge is Power

1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. #1200

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 531-0231


Let's Grow Well Together, Inc.

3200 N. Federal Hwy., Suite 206-5

Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 279-2080


Seventeenth Judicial Circuit | Broward County


Alliance Counseling and Education Services, Inc.

440 S. Federal Hwy., Suite 103

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(954) 573-7794


BIP Broward

2312 Wilton Dr.

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

(954) 745-7917


Counseling Mediation Education Treatment (CMET)

1527 NE 4th Ave.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

(954) 835-5741


Florida Family Care

5571 N. University Dr., Suite 101

Coral Springs, FL 33067

(954) 421-0494


Family Therapy Center

9950 Stirling Rd., Suite 108

Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

(954) 436-1222


Fifth Street Counseling

4121 NW 5th St., Suite 206

Plantation, FL 33317

(954) 797-5222


The Glass House

4700 N. State Rd. 7, Building A, Suite 112

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319

(954) 933-0055


Labor of Love Psychotherapy, LLC

5491 N. University Dr., Suite 101

Coral Springs, FL 33067

(954) 227-2530


Professional Counseling and Consulting Group

101 NE Third Ave., Suite 1500

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

(954) 761-9333


Reflections Wellness Center

6848 Stirling Rd.

Davie, FL 33024

(954) 362-0104


R&R Domestic Services, Inc.

1450 West Sunrise Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

(754) 702-5702

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Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) Resources in Palm Beach County

Guided by Survivors' Voices | Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) — The FCADV serves as the professional association for Florida's 42 certified domestic violence centers and is the primary representative of survivors and their children in the public policy arena. View the full text of the FCADV’s 2017 annual report to the Florida Legislature. Much of the report focuses on FCADV programs and initiatives.

Miami-Dade Matters :: Promising Practices :: Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) — Miami Matters is a website from the Health Council of South Florida, Inc., a part of a statewide network of 11 nonprofit agencies established by Florida Statute § 408.033 to conduct regional health planning and implementation activities. Visit this website to learn more about the history of the DVIP, including its origins in Iowa. You can also find a variety of links to articles, fact sheets, reports, plans, and other materials.

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Find a Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) Lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL

Were you arrested in South Florida for an alleged domestic violence crime? You should exercise your right to remain silent until you have contacted Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Our West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys represent individuals in communities all over Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and Broward County, such as Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Riviera Beach, Delray Beach, and several others. Call (561) 557-8686 or fill out an online contact form to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.

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