DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE:
Predictable & Preventable
Homicide is the fifth leading cause of death for women aged 18 to 44. Current or former intimate (romantic) partners commit 14% of all homicides in the U.S., with over 70% of the victims being female – disproportionately women of color.
Research has shown that intimate partner domestic violence homicides are often predictable; and if they’re predictable, they’re preventable.
Since 2005, we have been growing our domestic violence homicide prevention work at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. We began this work as advocates, developing the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model and then the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE), seeing firsthand how these solutions can be implemented right here in our backyard.
As we grew, so did the implementation of these tools, and we were able to provide support to more communities to make their own impact in homicide reduction. To date, we have provided training and technical assistance to over 250 jurisdictions across the country working to prevent domestic violence homicides. The Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women recognized the DVHRT Model as a “successful homicide reduction model” in intimate partner homicide prevention.
Now, new solutions and more resources are needed, and we are pleased to introduce: the Geiger Institute.
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is, at its heart, an agency serving survivors in our local communities and implementing prevention programs in area schools. The Geiger Institute operates as a division of the Center, and enables us to continue and grow our domestic violence homicide prevention work nationally. We are actively expanding the Geiger Institute team, building our partnerships, raising critical funding, and evolving our work to increase pathways to safety for those who are most marginalized.
For more information about the Geiger Institute and ways that your community could join in partnership to reduce domestic violence homicides, please email firstname.lastname@example.org