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NCJ Number: NCJ 190231   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating a Multi-Disciplinary Response to Domestic Violence: The DVERT Program in Colorado Springs, Final Report
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Craig D. Uchida ; Carol A. Putnam ; Jennifer Mastrofski ; Shellie Soloman ; Deborah Dawson
Corporate Author: 21st Century Solutions Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2001
Page Count: 107
  Annotation: This study examined the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT).
Abstract: Over the past 20 years the Colorado Springs Police Department has received over 15,000 calls for service annually for domestic violence. In response to this the department created a non-traditional domestic violence unit called DVERT. This evaluation included examination of case files from 1996 to 2000, observations of DVERT activities, interviews with members of DVERT, and interviews with victims of domestic violence. It was found that DVERT philosophy and activities differed from the traditional police response to domestic violence. The team follows a multidisciplinary approach with 25 partner agencies that work together to keep the victim safe from harm. Police officers and detectives, victim advocates, prosecutors, child service providers, probation officers, and health care professionals intervene when serious domestic violence cases occur. Interventions include contacts with victims by police and advocates; counseling of victims, batterers, and children; arrests; support in court; and a full range of family services. As a result, these activities have provided better services for victims and their children, more awareness of domestic violence issues by the criminal justice system, the perception of a reduction in violence, and a high level of cooperation and collaboration among city and county agencies. 34 references, 3 appendices
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-190230 for the summary
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