Our Guiding Principles
Approaches to reduce domestic violence homicides should address all communities, especially those isolated or overlooked by actors developing carceral approaches. Addressing domestic violence homicide reduction should be both comprehensive and equitable, so that approaches identify and amplify community strengths and values that support safety in each community.
A comprehensive approach to accountability is paramount to effectively prevent domestic violence related homicides. While strategies need to hold the person who causes harm accountable, the systems and community members surrounding a victim or perpetrator also need to examine what efforts they can make to reduce risk and harm. This self-examination and engagement call for fearless dialogue that embraces problem-solving and continual improvement.
The voices of families, friends, and community members who have been impacted by domestic violence homicides should inform all prevention efforts.
Clear protocols should guide communication and coordination among organizations, systems, and the wider community. Several tools may be in use that aim to identify risk and lethality. Collaborating partners should know what tools are being used by whom, what information should or should not be shared, and when information needs to be relayed to inform subsequent decisions.
How We Work
The Center for Court Innovation’s Gender and Family Justice (GFJ) team has a well-documented history of successfully managing large-scale projects and ability to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) through an array of strategies and modalities.
Since 2006, the GFJ staff has delivered TTA to a diverse group of Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees. Recipients of the GFJ team’s TTA have included thousands of judges, court staff, probation, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, attorneys, abusive partner program providers, community health experts, government officials, and victim service providers. The GFJ team has provided in-person and remote TTA on domestic and sexual violence to more than 300 jurisdictions in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal communities across the United States.
The GFJ team’s philosophy is rooted in researching, developing, and implementing evidence-based best practices for the handling of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, and stalking. The GFJ team approaches TTA by aligning its work with six core values:
Every community is different. We believe in customizing our work to suit the resources and goals of your jurisdiction.
Effective responses to gender-based violence depend on strong relationships among community partners. We believe in fostering inclusive collaboration across systems.
We believe in analyzing challenges and solutions from multiple angles. This requires in-depth reflection by systems on their impact and the communities they serve.
We believe in working with the resources you have in your community and leveraging them to ensure safe outcomes for survivors.
We believe in immediate and incremental progress that evolves and expands over time.
We believe accurate up-to-date research in the field of gender-based violence can help everyone make better, more informed decisions.
Survivor Advisory Board
DV RISC is informed by a Survivor Advisory Board composed of individuals who are survivors of domestic violence and family survivors of domestic violence homicide. The board meets on a quarterly basis and advises on the development of the DV RISC resource center, to ensure the voices of those most impacted by domestic violence, including survivors and family members of domestic violence homicide, are included.
In commitment to our values and guiding principles, DV RISC partners with culturally responsive agencies, subject matter experts, and consultants, to meet the individual needs of communities and identify emerging best strategies in reducing risk and preventing domestic violence homicides.
DV RISC continues to expand and form new partnerships that can respond to the diverse needs of all communities and professionals. DV RISC is grateful for the support of its consultants Maureen Sheeran, Carvana Cloud, and Tony Ingram, and its partner agencies, listed below.