During the first eight years of operation, the team accepted 129 high risk cases with the following results:

  • Zero homicides 
  • 94% of high risk victims were able to remain in their communities (rather than entering shelters for safety)
  • 94% of survivors report no subsequent re-assault
  • 74% of cases have had criminal justice intervention

The early identification of high risk cases, use of a common language of risk assessment, and information sharing by a DVHRT are the cornerstones for the success of the DVHRT Model reflected in these statistics.

Safety and Accountability Report

For a comprehensive overview of the impact of our DVHRT Model, please read our most recent Safety and Accountability Report (2005–2013).

National Evaluation

The Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model is currently under evaluation by the National Institute of Justice as part of the OVW funded, Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative.

National Recognition and Awards

  • 2011, Champion of Change Award, President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative awarded to Suzanne Dubus, CEO, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
  • 2010, Recognition by Vice President Joseph Biden at the White House during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • 2008, Celebrating Solutions Award, Mary Byron Foundation
  • 2007, Champion in Action Award, Citizens Bank and New England Cable News Network (NECN)
  • 2007, Spirit of Advocacy Award, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • 2006, Good Citizens Award, Essex County Anti-Crime Council

What Others are Saying

“Shortly after the victim tries to leave … that’s the most dangerous time. We need to pick up the warning signs much better than we have thus far. We need to replace what we have been doing [in domestic violence homicide prevention] and replicate this kind of success.” – Vice President Joseph Biden, October 2010, speaking about the DVHRT Model

“With today’s grant announcement, we are strengthening our ability to fight back more effectively—and aggressively—than ever before. And we’re supporting the kinds of evidence-based domestic violence homicide prevention models that will allow us to reliably predict potentially lethal behavior, take steps to stop the escalation of violence and save lives.” – Acting Director of the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women Bea Hanson, speaking about the DVHRT Model

“We hope this evidenced-based initiative to reduce domestic violence homicide is a breakthrough in preventing murders and serious injuries across the country.” – Attorney General Eric Holder announcing the Department of Justice Office of Women’s Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative

“The Center is on the forefront of domestic violence predictability. When you have information, you can try to alter outcomes.” – MA State Representative Michael Costello

“Creating high risk case responses are strategies that get us to ‘before’ the homicide and change the tragic ending we see so often in family violence situations.” – Casey Gwinn, President, Family Justice Center Alliance

“Risk assessments put out a standard set of questions that everybody has to ask. These assessments help guide first responders through chaotic domestic violence scenes.” – Sergeant Patty Fisher, Newbury Police Department, Newbury, Massachusetts

“Although we all have different perspectives, we come together in the same language and can understand the complexities of the [domestic violence] relationship. We all have our limitations, but we’ve been able to dovetail and put our resources together for victims. I think we’re all more respectful of each other’s organizational culture. We leave our egos at the door—it’s about how we can better serve victims.” – Pat Kane, former Chief of Probation, Newburyport District Court, Newburyport, Massachusetts