Start a Domestic Violence High Risk Team

Building a successful DVHRT requires the support of core partner agencies 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 replication process from planning and training, to your first team meeting and data collection. 

DVHRT Model Replication

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has designed a sequential  process, structured in five steps, to assist communities with successful replication of the Model in their communities.

Assess: A structural assessment of the site's current response to domestic violence. The output from this assessment is a report that analyzes the viability of a Domestic Violence High Risk Team for the site, and if viable, a customized plan for implementation. 

Customize: Core partners develop policies and practices for when and how risk assessment is used in their domestic violence response. Adaptations to the DVHRT Model framework and risk management strategies are made to operate within the structure of the system response.

Train: Training and technical assistance is provided to DVHRT partners onsite, with webinars, and through a series of phone consultations on the DVHRT Model and use of risk assessment.

Implement: Risk assessment tools are implemented by the appropriate core partners and DVHRT operations begin.

Evaluate: The DVHRT collects and reports data to JGCC as part of the DVHRT Network.

Core Partners

Core team members must include:

  • Victim Advocacy Organization: lead or co-lead
  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecutor's Office
  • Corrections
  • Parole
  • Probation/Pretrial Assessment Agency

If Applicable:

  • Batterer Intervention Program
  • Hospital

DVHRT Jurisdiction

Managing high-risk cases by a DVHRT depends on transferring relevant information about each case among partner agencies. Therefore it is imperative that the DVHRT partners share common cases. DVHRTs commonly operate within the geographical boundaries of a district or misdemeanor court and serve communities with a population of not more than 200,000.

Learn more about jurisdiction and find instructions on how to map your site’s jurisdiction.

Data Collection

Case data provides important feedback to  your DVHRT. 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 collection tools and will work with sites to customize data points around current state laws and agency practices. Gathering consistent data can help you identify gaps in your systems response. The data collection process can also be a catalyst for developing and building partnerships with key responders and is the foundation for evaluation.

Community Readiness

To determine whether a DVHRT would be a good fit for your community, complete our readiness checklist and contact us at


♦ This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K008 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions and receommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Deparment of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.