Domestic Violence Strategy Gains National Attention

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has invited the High Point Police Department to present information about our Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) that was begun in 2012 at its national conference in September.  Based on the Violent Crime Focused Deterrence model, the DVI has helped reduce repeat domestic violence offenses in High Point.  Almost 3500 offenders have been “put on notice” over the past six years of implementation.   And while the program is not perfect – domestic violence continues to happen – it has made a difference, more than other strategies used in the past.

Read more about our DVI in this article from the Greensboro News and Record.

Our Domestic Violence Model Goes National

We are proud to share the news that the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is launching a new intimate partner violence intervention initiative, based on the successful intervention model we developed here in High Point.  Three pilot cities will be chosen to replicate the model.  This initiative is being funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

“While we do not receive any of the money,” said Ken Schultz, High Point Chief of Police, “the work and efforts of everyone, to include all of our many partners who have contributed to the success of our program, will now be spread throughout the country and will benefit many more victims of domestic violence.”

More from John Jay College

 

 

Domestic Violence Initiative Showing Results

One thousand fewer calls.  Since fully implementing the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative just two years ago, High Point Police Department reports receiving 1000 fewer calls asking for a response to domestic violence incidents.  This is good news for High Point families and for our community as a whole.

Cities across our nation continue to consult with High Point and to implement this Initiative in their jurisdictions.  Roanoke, Virginia; Chula Vista, California; and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana to name a few.

Victim’s Justice Center Opens

High Point dedicated its first Victim’s Justice Center on Wednesday, April 2.  The Center was opened specifically to streamline services for domestic violence victims.  It is a one-stop site for victims, with police and a Legal Aid attorney on hand to guide them through the process of seeking a protective order and securing other services.

Major Ken Schultz

Major Ken Schultz

“We think that this is going to be an opportunity to break that cycle of violence,” said High Point police Major Ken Schultz.

The police department is partnering with other agencies to operate the center, including Legal Aid of North Carolina and Family Services of the Piedmont.  The Center is located within the High Point Center for Children & Families, an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro that offers intervention programs for children and parents, coached parent-child Department of Social Services visitation, and parent education.

The Victim’s Justice Center is partially an outgrowth of the police department and High Point Community Against Violence’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative that began in April 2012.  This Initiative works to prevent potential and known abusers from victimizing their intimate partner.  In the two years since its inception, the Initiative has led to fewer assaults and fewer domestic disturbance calls.  Recidivism rates among offenders are about nine (9) percent in High Point, compared to the national average of about 30 percent.  High Point has also seen a reduction in the number of domestic homicides involving intimate partners.  There were 17 killings in the city between 2004 and 2008.  Since then, there has one been one.

Ms. Millis, Lt. Tim Ellenberger

Ms. Millis, Lt. Tim Ellenberger

The Center is being funded the first year through grants from the Millis family.  In the future, additional grants will be sought and the Center may organize as a nonprofit, to enhance future fundraising efforts.

The Victim’s Justice Center and the High Point Center for Children & Families are located in the Southside Recreation Center at 401 Taylor Avenue in High Point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Point Enterprise Article

Thanks to Pat Kimbrough with the High Point Enterprise for his well-written article on our Domestic Violence Initiative:  Stopping the cycle of domestic abuse.  This is a great way to learn what we are doing and how it is working, successfully, in High Point!