California County Takes Different Approach to Domestic Violence
A January 2020 article from U.S. News & World Report took an in-depth look at early success in Tulare County, California, where they first implemented the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model just over two years ago.
A domestic violence service provider, county sheriff’s office, probation department and district attorney’s office form the team that has been using risk assessment and together reviewing high risk cases every two weeks for the last two years.
“Between October 2017 and August 2019, the sheriff’s office did 970 of these screenings, with 21% of cases identified as high-risk. About 41% of those victims – all but one of whom were women – accepted help from Family Services of Tulare County,” the article reported.
Family Services went on to tell U.S. News that the partnership proved to local law enforcement how, even if a case doesn’t get adjudicated in the criminal justice arena, getting a person to seek services can also reduce risk.