Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women: Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative

The Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative (DI), instated by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is a multiyear, two-phase project, intended to assist selected communities nationwide in reducing domestic violence homicides through identified domestic violence homicide prevention Models. This award, the first of its kind, has replicated the Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model and The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence’s Lethality Assessment Program in communities throughout the country. Both Models have been identified as leading promising practices in homicide prevention by the Department of Justice and are based on the foundational research of Dr. Campbell’s Danger Assessment.

In addition to the replication of both Models, the National Institute of Justice awarded a grant to a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Yale University and Michigan State University to conduct the process and impact evaluations of the Demonstration Initiative.  The evaluation includes assessing model fidelity, implementation, and impact. Evaluators will study each Model implementation to determine the barriers and facilitators within each community to implementing the Models, how the Models work across the different communities, and the outcomes achieved.

Phase 1 Announcement:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative Announcement

Phase 2 Announcement: 
Attorney General Holder Announces $2.6 Million in Grants for Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention

White House Initiatives

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