High Point has thoroughly adopted the National Network's strategic framework for a variety of serious crime problems and seen major improvements in its most troubled communities.
Longstanding implementation in High Point has made the city's partnership experts in a variety of National Network developments. The city has seen major reductions in violent and drug crime over 20 years of using the strategies and conducting call-ins. It was the initial pilot site for the Drug Market Intervention and has helped to develop innovations such as racial reconciliation and custom notifications.
The community arm of the city's effort, High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV), founded by Reverend Jim Summey and directed by Greta Bush, has provided a template for community partnership in violence reduction efforts across the nation.
High Point is currently using the National Network's strategic model in a groundbreaking effort to address domestic violence that has seen promising initial results.
reduction in drug offenses in all 4 neighborhoods
The National Network's Intimate Partner Violence Intervention that was first piloted in High Point, NC helped drive dramatic reductions in the lethal intimate partner violence in the city, nearly eliminating IPV homicides.
"The High Point Police Department held a community forum Thursday night so Chief Kenneth Shultz could explain how the department hopes to avoid the issues that others have faced."
"In 2011, [High Point PD] decided to reinvigorate its approach [to domestic violence]. Through an array of positive incentives, community engagement and warnings of jail time, it sought to deter first-time abusers from assaulting their partners again and to dissuade chronic offenders from continuing or escalating their pattern of assaults.At the core of High Point’s approach is an intervention known as focused deterrence, a crime reduction strategy developed in Boston in the early 1990s as a way to stop gun violence among gangs."
"Among the mountains of programs devoted to addressing the plague of domestic violence, the police initiative in High Point, N.C., stands out for it bold approach to holding offenders accountable.Big Mountain Data will showcase the High Point Model in a documentary debuting this fall. “Turning Point” will tell the groundbreaking story of the program’s success so far. In three years, the city has nearly eliminated domestic violence homicides and decreased repeat offender recidivism."
"The High Point Police Department’s initiative to deter domestic violence is grabbing the attention of law enforcement across the nation, and even the globe."
The High Point Police Department has been applying the evidence-based focused deterrence approach to the problem of intimate partner violence (IPV).
In this Huffington Post article, Susan Scrupski discusses the culture shift necessary to reduce a community's domestic violence. For several years, High Point, NC, has been working with the National Network's model to effect just such a shift, insisting that abusers change their behavior rather than victims. The results have been dramatic. High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner says, "The best way I know to make her safe is to make him stop."
Now that it's been operating for several years and there are clear indications that it's working, the National Network for Safe Communities' offender-focused domestic violence initiative is beginning to be seen as a real opportunity to protect the most vulnerable women from the most dangerous domestic violence abusers. "The offender-focused model, which the Piedmont town of High Point has used to target domestic violence, holds tremendous promise. Its elements just make sense."
Congratulations to the community arm of High Point's longstanding effort, High Point Community Against Violence, who was presented with the FBI Director's award for community outreach and leadership in the area of crime prevention, community engagement and education. An organization in each state is recognized annually, and HPCAV was the North Carolina statewide recipient of this award. The official announcement presentation will take place in Washington, DC in early 2015.