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

The Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative (DI), initiated by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), seeks to help state and local jurisdictions reduce domestic violence homicides by identifying key strategies and determining how to reproduce those strategies nationwide. OVW identified the DVHRT Model as a “leading promising practice in the field” of domestic violence homicide prevention and selected the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center as a national expert to lead the DI along with the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) and their Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), and Dr. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, whose research on intimate partner homicide lethality factors is at the core of each homicide prevention DI program. 

Under the DI, 12 sites were chosen through a national competitive grant process by OVW and assessed by the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and MNADV for possible replication of either the DVHRT or LAP Models.  Four sites have been selected from the original 12 to replicate one of the homicide prevention models in Phase II of the project.  Over the next two years, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will be working with communities in Brooklyn, NY and Cleveland, OH to implement the DVHRT Model.  Each model will then be evaluated by the National Institute of Justice. 

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

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

OVW Technical Assistance Grant

The Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center funding under its Technical Assistance Program to provide communities with training and technical assistance designed to improve the identification of and response to victims who are at high risk of a lethal or near lethal assault within intimate partner relationships through replication of our DVHRT Model created in 2003.

Under this program, the Center works individually with selected communities through phone conferences, webinars, and onsite trainings that are designed to address each community’s specific needs while successfully implementing the DVHRT Model in their jurisdictions. Communities interested in forming a DVHRT or strengthening the performance of an existing team under the auspices of this grant must meet minimum requirements as defined by OVW.

This contract also allows the Training and Technical Assistance Team to speak and train at national conferences that address domestic violence issues for professionals including law enforcement, domestic violence service agencies, advocates, prosecutors and probation/parole officers. The purpose of this grant is to help communities reduce domestic violence homicides, build the capacity of domestic violence service organizations, improve the criminal justice system response, and foster partnerships among these organizations in communities using the DVHRT Model.

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