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NCJ Number: NCJ 190230     Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating a Multi-Disciplinary Response to Domestic Violence: The DVERT Program in Colorado Springs
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Author(s): Craig D. Uchida ; Carol A. Putnam ; Jennifer Mastrofski ; Shellie Solomon ; Deborah Dawson
Corporate Author: 21st Century Solutions Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2001
Page Count: 12
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This study examined the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT).
Abstract: DVERT is a multidisciplinary team comprised of criminal justice officials, non-profit organizations, victim advocates, and city and county human service agencies. DVERT takes on the most serious domestic violence cases in the greater Colorado Springs area. The process evaluation tracked cases from referral of domestic violence incidents through their adjudication or resolution. Data were collected from the police department and DVERT case files and interviews conducted with key personnel and victims. DVERT is most concerned with the safety of the victim of domestic violence. It does not follow the traditional police model for a special unit. It is a “systemic response” to domestic violence situations because it involves the coordination of criminal justice, social service, and community-based agencies. Results showed that the impact of DVERT on victims was that victims had more resources, their lives changed for the better, and the violence was reduced. Law enforcement practices have changed as a result of the program because the officers are more aware of domestic violence issues, they receive more training in issues such as stalking and dual arrests, and they engage in more problem solving than in the past. Services to victims have improved because of the collaboration of police and social service agencies. Overall, through this program the police department has expanded its domestic violence operation and saved lives, reduced violence, improved communication among city and county agencies and service providers, and improved the quality of life in Colorado Springs. 5 footnotes
Main Term(s): Police crisis intervention ; Domestic assault prevention
Index Term(s): Family crisis intervention units ; Domestic relations ; Family offenses ; Domestic assault ; Police domestic violence training ; Domestic assault arrest policies
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WE-VX-K010
Sale Source: 21st Century Solutions Inc.
P.O. Box 12279
Silver Spring, MD 20908
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: See NCJ-190231 for the Final Report
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