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The Duluth Model was founded on the principle of building a Coordinated Community Response (CCR).
The next four slides illustrate how their CCR strategy and partners work together.
Definition: Coordinated Community Response – An organized collaborative system created and maintained by a group of various organizations, government agencies, law enforcement, family violence advocates, BIP Programs, medical professionals, clergy, media, and other agencies for the purpose of creating a better response for victims of family violence.
Change is required at the basic infrastructure level of the multiple agencies involved. Workers must be coordinated in ways that enhance their capacity to protect victims and must comply fully with inter-agency agreements. Participating agencies must work cooperatively on examining, adjusting and standardizing practices by making changes.
The strategy must be victim-safety centered. There is an important role for independent victim advocacy services and rehabilitation programming for offenders. Small independent monitoring and coordinating organizations should be set up to coordinate work groups, operate the tracking system, and help coordinate periodic evaluations and research projects.
Agencies must participate as collaborating partners. Each agency agrees to identify, analyze, and find solutions in which their practices might compromise the collective intervention goals. Small problem solving groups, training committees, evaluation projects, and regular meetings are used to coordinate interventions.
Batterers must be consistently held accountable for their use of violence. Effective intervention requires a clear and consistent response by police and the courts to initial and repeated acts of abuse.
Mandatory arrest for primary aggressors;
Emergency housing, education groups and advocacy for victims;
Evidenced-based prosecution of cases;
Jail sentences in which offenders receive increasingly harsh penalties for repeated acts of aggression;
The use of court ordered educational groups for batterers;
The use of a coordinating organization to track offenders, ensure that repeat offenders or those in non-compliance do not fall through the cracks and that victim-safety is central to the response.
A Coordinated Community Response is essential to holding batterers accountable and ending family violence.
Family violence advocates and BIPPs cannot end family violence on their own. It needs to be a community effort involving the criminal justice system, mental health, medical professionals, counselors, schools, etc. If your community does not have a CCR, you are strongly encouraged to develop one.
Prevention and the Men’s Nonviolence Movement are rapidly becoming more popular and BIPP staff should get educated and be willing to educate others on the prevention of family violence.
Both Prevention and the Men’s Nonviolence Movement deliver a strong message to the public for social change. Social change has been an underlying philosophy of BIP programs from it’s inception.