The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) employs the National Network’s approach to identify and deter people who commit the most serious acts of domestic violence, reduce domestic violence generally, 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 people who commit less egregious acts of domestic violence, puts them on notice of community intolerance for domestic violence and that further and more serious acts 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, reoccurring violent episodes from notified persons, calls for service, and victim injuries.
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.
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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.