What is the Domestic Violence High-Risk Team Model?
The Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model is a nationally recognized domestic violence homicide prevention framework, identified by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) as a “leading promising practice in the field.” With a goal of preventing intimate partner homicides (IPH) and near-lethal assaults, the Model has successfully replicated in a variety of jurisdictions across the country.
Four Core Components of the DVHRT Model
The Geiger Institute’s DVHRT Model consists of four core components:
- early identification of the most dangerous cases through evidence-based risk assessment
- increased access to supportive services for high-risk victims
- increased offender monitoring and accountability
- a coordinated response to high-risk cases through a multidisciplinary team.
Research shows that many intimate partner homicides are predictable; and if they are predictable, they are preventable. The DVHRT Model leverages that predictability by incorporating research-based risk assessment into a community’s domestic violence response system to identify the most dangerous cases.
How DVHRTs Reduce Intimate Partner Violence
The DVHRT Model was also created with the understanding that when domestic violence response systems share information and work together they have greater impact than when they operate in silos. High-risk cases are monitored by a multidisciplinary team that shares case information and implements coordinated intervention plans to mitigate the danger. The goal of a DVHRT is to reduce IPH by both monitoring specific high-risk cases and closing gaps in the domestic violence response system
What Agencies Participate On a DVHRT?
DVHRTs should include representation from stakeholders with access to critical case-related information. To ensure that DVHRTs remain victim centered, teams are led or co-led by a non-governmental domestic violence agency representative. Other core partners on the team include law enforcement, prosecution, probation (or pretrial services if applicable), parole and corrections. When possible, court-ordered offender intervention programs also participate.
Intimate partner homicide disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, particularly women of color and immigrants. The most successful domestic violence high risk teams are community driven projects that reflect the community. For this reason, DVHRTs should include culturally specific organizations.
For more information regarding domestic violence high risk teams, please contact Geiger Institute today.
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