• Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

    The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) aims to identify and deter the most serious intimate partner violence offenders, reduce intimate partner violence, and reduce harm to victims.

About the Strategy
Tools & Guides

The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) employs the National Network’s approach to identify and deter the most serious domestic violence offenders, reduce domestic violence, and reduce harm to victims. Through a partnership between law enforcement, community members, social service providers, and domestic violence victims’ advocates, the IPVI strategy intervenes early with low-level domestic violence offenders, puts them on notice of community intolerance for domestic violence and that further and more serious offending will be met with a meaningful legal response, and takes special steps to remove the most dangerous domestic violence offenders from the community. The strategy includes close partnership with domestic violence victims’ advocates to ensure that victims have access to safety and support structures and are not exposed to unintended harm. Tracking data for a pilot implementation of IPVI in High Point, NC, show very encouraging reductions in domestic homicide, reoffending among notified domestic violence offenders, calls for service, and victim injuries.

IPVI Issue Brief

The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) is an offender-focused, victim-centered approach
that addresses the most serious intimate partner violence. This issue brief provides a succinct summary of IPVI strategy and its history of implementation. 

A New Approach to Reducing Intimate Partner Violence

The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) uses the National Network principles that have informed effective interventions against homicide, gun violence, drug markets, and other critical public safety problems and applies them to intimate partner violence.

High Point Implementation

This PowerPoint presentation is a useful guide for practitioners to how the High Point Police Department used National Network for Safe Communities' framework to reduce intimate partner violence.

Sechrist, S., Weil, J., & Shelton, T. (2016). Evaluation of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) in High Point, NC & Replication in Lexington, NC.

High Point Police Department (2014, August 1). Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative: The First Two Years.

Kennedy, D. M. (2004). Rethinking Law Enforcement Strategies to Prevent Domestic Violence. Networks 19(2-3): 8-15. National Center for Victims of Crime.

Sechrist, S. M. & Weil, J. D. (2014, June). The High Point OFDVI: Preliminary Evaluation Results. In D. K. Kennedy (Chair), Using Focused Deterrence to Combat Domestic Violence. Symposium presented at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Conference: The Rule of Law in an Era of Change: Security, Social Justice, and Inclusive Governance, Athens, Greece.

Sechrist, S. M., Weil, J. D., & Sumner, M. (2014, May). Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative in High Point, NC: Application of the Focused Deterrence Strategy to Combat Domestic Violence. Presentation at the Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Greensboro, NC.

News & Updates

Ulster County launches first-in-NY effort to reduce domestic violence by intimate partners

April 2018  |  Daily Freeman  

The National Network for Safe Communities’ Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) was introduced during a press conference Tuesday afternoon at City Hall. Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright, flanked by cardboard silhouettes representing 11 local women killed by their partners, said the initiative uses statistical analysis and data from different agencies to identify people who might commit intimate partner violence.

“Once we’ve identified a person who we think is going to commit domestic violence again, we have personal contact with them,” Carnright said. “In addition to the personal contact we have with the offender or potential offender, we have a parallel process where we engage the victims. We do what we’ve been doing for a while. We try to educate the victims, make sure they understand about services that are available to them.”

Tags: Kingston Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Domestic abusers: Dangerous for women — and lethal for cops

April 2018  |  USA TODAY  

One local police department has spent the past six years pioneering a strategy that can help identify domestic violence abusers. High Point, N.C., had a problem. From 2004 to 2008, one-third of the city’s murders were related to intimate partner violence, well above both the state and national averages, according to former police chief Jim Fealy. So in 2009, the police department, in partnership with the National Network for Safe Communities, began to take action. Its approach tracks alleged abusers and intervenes accordingly depending upon the severity of the violence. From 2012, when the strategy was implemented, to 2014, there was just one intimate partner violence homicide in the city, compared with 17 from 2004 to 2011. Calls to police in High Point to report intimate partner violence declined by 20%, as did arrests, and the percentage of victims who were injured also dropped from 2012 to 2014.

Tags: High Point Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

A Better Way to Deal With Intimate Partner Violence

November 2017  |  Governing Magazine  

In this op-ed for Governing Magazine, IPVI Director Rachel Teicher explains why victims of intimate partner and domestic violence don't trust the criminal justice system, and outlines how procedural justice can improve victim perceptions of law enforcement. "This trust could provide the foundation for a new vision of public safety: safer communities that are empowered by positive, ongoing and successful cooperation with law enforcement. Increased confidence in criminal-justice practitioners improves victim participation and offender accountability, and it provides law enforcement with the resources it needs to address and ultimately reduce these violent crimes."

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

States move to restrict domestic abusers from carrying guns

September 2017  |  Washington Post  

Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, published a study this week showing that states that require people with restraining orders to relinquish the firearms they already own have a 14 percent lower rate of intimate-partner gun-related homicides than states that don’t.

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Nearly Half of All Murdered Women Are Killed by Romantic Partners

July 2017  |  The Atlantic  

"Over half of the killings of American women are related to intimate partner violence, with the vast majority of the victims dying at the hands of a current or former romantic partner, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today."

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Not everything is “fine” in singer R. Kelly’s alleged “sex cult”

July 2017  |  Mic  

IPVI Director Rachel Teicher, on the power dynamic between victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence: "We often forget that, besides there being a very powerful dynamic of power and control, there can be love. There can be very intense feelings of love or fidelity that can bleed into neediness or dependence once you’ve become incredibly isolated.”

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

What do many mass shooters have in common? A history of domestic violence.

June 2017  |  The Washington Post  

One analysis of mass shootings from 2009 through 2016 concluded that at least 54 percent of mass shootings — or 85 out of 156 incidents — involved a current or former intimate partner or family member as a victim. Other research has found that those who abuse their domestic partners are also more likely to abuse children and animals, and that 68 percent of men in a sample of batterers exhibited other “problem behaviors,” such as fights, previous arrests or drunken driving.

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Too Scared to Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation.

April 2017  |  The New York Times  

"Since the presidential election, there has been a sharp downturn in reports of sexual assault and domestic violence among Latinos throughout the country, and many experts attribute the decline to fears of deportation. Law enforcement officials in several large cities, including Los Angeles, Houston and Denver, say the most dangerous fallout of changes in policy and of harsh statements on immigration is that fewer immigrants are willing to go to the police."

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

The Latest San Bernardino Shooting Reveals A Far More Common Form Of Terror

April 2017  |  The Huffington Post  

On April 10, a murder-suicide at a San Bernadino, California elementary school left three dead, inlcuding the shooter, his estranged wife, and an 8-year-old boy. While much of the news coverage framed the event as yet another school shooting, it was in fact something that occurs several times a day in the U.S.: a case of fatal intimate partner violence. 

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Filmmakers put spotlight on High Point police’s domestic violence initiative

January 2017  |  FOX News 8  

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. 

Tags: High Point Intimate Partner Violence Intervention


Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Issue Brief