Start a Domestic Violence High Risk Team

Building a successful DVHRT requires the support of core partner organizations and an initial community assessment.  The DVHRT Model is a framework, not a formula, and is customized to work within the policy and statutory mandates of each jurisdiction.  An implementation plan - complete with tools, templates, and forms -will guide your community through the DVHRT implementation process from planning and training, to your first team meeting and data collection. 

DVHRT Model Replication

DVHRT Model implementation is a sequential process of five steps designed to assist communities with successful replication.  The implementation process takes anywhere from 9-12 months for completion. JGCC developed and adheres to an implementation timeline that is driven by the level of customization necessary and the site’s ability to complete certain tasks.  Technical assistance from JGCC consists of regularly scheduled phone calls and phone call consultations as needed, webinars, on site meetings and trainings.

The following are the different phases of implementation and some of what the site can expect during each (please note that this is not an exhaustive list): 

Assessment: To ensure that the DVHRT Model is built on a strong, sustainable foundation and determine local customizations to the DVHRT Model.  Sites can expect a review of critical policies and laws that intersect with DVHRT Model and mapping of the site’s criminal justice system and domestic violence agency(ies). 

Customization: Local customizations to the DVHRT Model are developed and policies necessary to implement the DVHRT Model are completed.   Sites can expect to have any additional DVHRT membership defined, customization strategies designed, assistance with policy development to support integration of the risk assessment tools. 

Training: Training is provided to DVHRT partners organizations both onsite, with webinars, and through a series of phone consultations. There are standard trainings as well as additional standard trainings identified through the assessment process. 

Implementation: To provide technical assistance for DVHRT operations as the DVHRT begins to meet and accept cases. Guidance and support is provided to the DVHRT Coordinator around best practices in DVHRT administration, case management, data collection, and auditing the response system. It is during this phase that the DA and DA-LE are rolled out.  The site can expect a series of operations calls, forms for data collection and DVHRT operations support.

Evaluation: To continuously assess the DVHRT and audit the domestic violence response system, sites can expect data collection and analysis to occur in this phase.  Data provides important feedback to your DVHRT and helps the Team manage their cases. A DVHRT will collect data concerning victim demographics, offender demographics, risk assessment indicators, and criminal justice outcomes.  JGCC provides the DVHRT Coordinator with data point descriptions and data collection tools Gathering consistent data can help you identify gaps in your systems response.

Where to Begin

Defining Your Jurisdiction:

DVHRT core partner organizations share information and develop individualized intervention plans concerning common cases to increase victim safety and offender accountability.  Consequently, the core partner organizations that make up your DVHRT must operate within and directly correspond to the court's jurisdictional boundaries.

One DVHRT will typically serve a population of no larger than 200,000 for optimal case manageability.  Larger jurisdictions may need to consider multiple teams organized by police precincts or police districts that correspond to the court jurisdiction. Piloting the Model in one court jurisdiction is a common first step in larger cities or counties.

Determining Your DVHRT Partner Organizations

Building a successful DVHRT begins with the support of core partner organizations in your community. Now that you have identified your DVHRT implementation jurisdiction, next you’ll need to determine your partners.

Core partner organizations must include:

  • Domestic Violence Agency: lead or co-lead
  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecutor's Office
  • Corrections
  • Parole
  • Probation/Pretrial Assessment Agency (where applicable)

If Applicable:

  • Batterer Intervention Program
  • Hospitals and/or Community Health Centers