Finally, a program for female batterers...
But, what about a shelter for men?
It's a side of domestic abuse that few people talk about and many don't even know exists, but a growing number of men are becoming victims at the hands of battering women. A new program in Southwest Florida is sparking a nationwide change.
Darlene Hilker is an abuser.
"After years of it building up and just getting to the point where it exploded. You never know when it's going to happen. Something just triggers in your head and you do whatever," said Hilker.
Hilker was charged with domestic battery after an altercation with her husband. She's now one of the first women ordered by a judge to take part in the Women Who Batter intervention program.
"A lot of women don't feel like they can be batterers, but you just get pushed to a point and it just happens," said Hilker.
The program's director Donna LeClerc says she hopes it will change the way our nation deals with often ignored form of abuse.
"I think there's a lack of equality in the justice system. Women serve half of the sentence a man does for the same crime, if she serves time in jail at all," said LeClerc.