The National Network’s Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) identifies and deters individuals who commit the most serious acts of intimate partner violence and reduces harm to victims. Through a collaborative partnership among law enforcement, service providers, and community, the strategy addresses all IPV offenders known to the criminal justice system. IPVI enables jurisdictions to intervene early in cycles of victimization through procedurally just messaging and notifications that communicate an intolerance of IPV and the consequences of continued offending. Special steps are taken to stop the most dangerous individuals and ensure the safety of victims and the community at large.
In addition to engaging with IPV offenders, the IPVI strategy includes a parallel victim outreach structure. Victim advocates provide victim-survivors access to critical services, safety planning, and information about the IPVI partnership’s stance on offending. Messaging and support to victims not only helps reduce further harm, but also communicates that the burden to stop the IPV offender is on the partnership—not the victim.
Tracking data for a pilot implementation of IPVI in High Point, North Carolina shows very encouraging reductions in intimate partner homicide, reoccurring violent episodes from notified persons, calls for service, and victim injuries.
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.
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.
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The IPVI intervenes early on with intimate partner violence offenders known to the criminal justice system. Developed by the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John