[vc_row][vc_column][trx_title style=”underline”]Objective D2: Domestic Violence Initiative[/trx_title][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ active_section=”1″ pagination_color=”black”][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1571871988885-d5141fd4-dd8c”][vc_column_text]Unlike the victim-centered Family Safety Center, the Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) focuses on the offender and has shown promising reductions in domestic violence in a few communities, including High Point, NC and Stearns County, MN.52 For example, prior to implementation of the model in 2011, High Point was experiencing three to five intimate partner homicides each year. Since implementation over the past five years, there have been two such homicides total. Re-arrest rates for domestic violence have also fallen dramatically.” With a carrot and stick approach, a partnership of law enforcement, prosecutors, community members, social service providers, and domestic violence victims’ advocates put repeat DV offenders on notice – through a letter, an inperson notification by an arresting officer, or a community “call-in” — of community intolerance for domestic violence and that further and more serious offending will be met with a strong response.

Research conducted in connection with the High Point model has shown that offenders committing domestic violence are not qualitatively different from other violent offenders. A review of 10 years of intimate partner violence data in their community demonstrated that repeat offenders also had lengthy criminal histories involving other offenses, with an average of 10 other arrests. Assault was the predominant charge.54 Therefore, this model, used successfully in the context of reducing gun violence (see Objective B5, above), can also succeed with those committing DV if properly implemented. The model also takes special steps to remove from the community the most dangerous domestic violence offenders, who tend also to commit other serious crimes at relatively high rates. The DA will coordinate law enforcement, community partners and social service providers to implement the DVI, beginning in select neighborhoods

Key Objective Outcomes:

  1. Reduce the number of offenders with prior domestic violence convictions by at least 25%
    by 2021.

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