1.  How does the DVC Diversion Program work?

Once a participant is accepted into the program, the case will remain open for the next six months and the Court will supervise and monitor treatment experience (Anger Management, and in some instances, Drug & Alcohol, and/or Mental Health), and make adjustments accordingly. Supervision and monitoring is conducted through constant meetings and discussions between the Court group members (Judge, Assistant District Attorney, Public Defender, Court Coordinator and Case Manager) and providers. Progress in treatment will determine whether a participant is subpoenaed to return in two, four, six or eight weeks for follow-up.

2.  What are the requirements to successfully complete the program?

Satisfactory compliance with treatment attendance and participation. Maintain a No Further Problems stance with the Complainant, including obeying existing Stay Away Orders, if any. Pay all court costs and fines in full.

3.  What if I work/go to school, and don’t have time to go to treatment?

The Court understands your need to work and/or to attend school and will do its utmost not to interfere with this schedule. However, you must work with your employer and/or school to find a satisfactory solution to accommodate treatment and Court dates. Once you accept participation in the DV program, the Court expects full compliance.

4.  I’m not living in Philadelphia County at the moment. Where should I go that’s easier for me?

If you live outside of Philadelphia County, and traveling to any of the city facilities becomes a major hurdle, the Court may identify a facility near you. This facility must be compatible with the ones generally used in Philadelphia. The facility must also understand that the reporting of your treatment progress for court purposes, in a timely fashion, is of utmost importance, and must proceed accordingly.

5.  What happens if I don’t comply with treatment/counseling as the Court ordered?

The Court will do its utmost to assist you in overcoming any challenges while attempting to comply with stipulations. Nevertheless, compliance is expected and non-compliance may put you in danger of being sanctioned. Ultimately, your participation may be revoked, and the case will be relisted for trial.

6.  I missed my Court date. What do I do now?

If you miss, or know that you will miss a court date, contact your attorney or Case Manager immediately for further instructions. Except for medical emergencies, skipping a court date is NEVER recommended, but if you do, remember the following:

If Defender Association of Philadelphia is your legal representative, contact their offices. If a Private/Court Appointed Attorney represents you, he/she MUST be present in Court, or a Bench Warrant may/will be issued against you. If you do not have legal representation, and you fail to appear in Court, a Bench Warrant will be issued against you.