• 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.

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.

The High Point Model

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

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."

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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. 

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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. 

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Fairness, Procedural Justice, and Domestic Violence

September 2016  |  Center for Court Innovation  

"In this New Thinking podcast, Judge Jeffrey Kremers of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court brings procedural justice to bear on domestic violence. Sharing his insights from the bench, Judge Kremers talks about the importance of procedural justice for both defendants and survivors as well as their families, and discusses strategies for addressing the unique challenges posed by domestic violence cases."

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High Point chief talks about department training, policies in light of nationwide discussion

July 2016  |  Greensboro News and Record  

"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."

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Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

June 2016  |  John Jay College News  

"The National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice announced the launch of the National Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Initiative(NIPVII) with a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women(OVW)."

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Office on Violence Against Women Announces Grant to NNSC

June 2016  |  The White House  

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has "entered into a partnership with the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to launch the new $1.6 million National Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Initiative (NIPVII)."

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How High Point, N.C., Solved Its Domestic Violence Problem

March 2016  |  Governing Magazine  

"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."

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Sneak Peek at Insights from Key Players in “Turning Point”

November 2015  |  Big Mountain Data  

"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."

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