Domestic Violence: As defined in
Idaho Code 18-918 and as generally accepted, i.e.: a pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical,
psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate
partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, please seek help
immediately. Advocates in Kootenai County for victims of Domestic Violence include Safe Passage
at 208-664-9303; Post Fall Police OASIS at 208-773-1080; or Kootenai County Prosecutor
Victim Services Advocate at 208-446-1824.
Kootenai County's Domestic Violence Diversion Program: Also known as DVD or Pre-Trial Intervention.
This is a custom program in Kootenai County administered by the Adult Misdemeanor Probation Office
and which is staffed by the Probation Officer as provided for in the STOP Violence Against Women
Grant. It is the aim of this program to provide supervision to specially designated offenders who
are deemed worthy of the benefits this program offers. Candidates must meet strict criteria for
placement in this program and supervision is very intense. There is no leniency consideration for
offenders who even slightly mis-step.
Kootenai County's Domestic Violence Probation: This is another specific program in Kootenai County
administered by the Adult Misdemeanor Probation Office and which is staffed by the Probation Officer
as provided for in the STOP Violence Against Women Grant.. It is the aim of this program to provide
a more formal and structured supervision to sentenced DV misdemeanor male offenders.
Supervision for Diversion or Probation is very intensive. Individuals placed on supervision for
domestic violence crimes are required to meet with the Domestic Violence Probation Officer more
frequently, and there is little latitude, nor compassion for misbehavior. The frequency of the
probation contact may decrease only after the probation officer is satisfied that the probationer
is involved and participating successfully in appropriate treatment, and the probationer's risk to
re-offend is significantly reduced. In addition to the contacts, the domestic violence probation
officer uses a variety of methods to ensure that the probationer is abiding to the terms of their
probation on a daily basis. A probationer who violates a term of their probation can expect swift
and immediate action, which normally means substantial jail time.