We know that domestic violence is historically a difficult issue to work on. We are grateful to all those who have worked so long and hard to build the support of communities all over the world to bring this issue into the public arena so that through our shared passion we can work together find solutions to the generational patterns of abuse and violence.
Our approach to reducing and eliminating domestic violence is a micro approach; that is to target specific areas in which we can show results in behavior changes, court changes, reduced murder rates or reduced violence. To accomplish this we have done a nationwide search for projects that have been successful in specific arenas (courts, churches, treatment groups, corporations). The outcomes of these programs inform us that there is hope for moving toward the goal of 0 domestic murders by 2020.
We are excited to report that we have found several projects from around the country which are successful in reducing or eliminating domestic violence. We are now in the process of informing the publich about these successful projectsnationwide.
The courts are responding well to the court watch programs around the country. We are becoming colleagues with judges who are as interested as we are in helping the system work better for survivors and in finding effective ways to work with perpetrators.
Independent research on the Stosny Treatment program for perpetrators shows that it is working even more successfully than Dr. Stosny's original research. It has an 87% success rate in eliminating battering behavior in court ordered males with a 78% reduction in verbal violence. All of this with only a 15% drop out rate (average drop rates are 50%).
The DART Domestic Abuse Response Team is a nation-wide multi-disciplinary program comprised of a team of people in which a law enforcement officer is paired with a highly trained advocate to handle and respond to domestic violence calls. This is a system-based model that joins the efforts of criminal justice, social services and community based agencies.
The Big Picture
The State's Efforts
The March in Washington
Since the debut of the Silent Witness Exhibit, the traveling memorial has been displayed in more than 500 locations in Minnesota, including art galleries, museums, courthouses, city halls, shopping malls, universities, high schools, college campus', universities,women's shelters and churches, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Sheila Wellstone (our Senator's wife) was a long time supporter of ours and frequently spook at events which feature the Witnesses until her untimely death in a plane crash in Minnesota on October 25, 2002.
As a direct result of our involvement nationally, Minneapolis became the first large city to replicate all 5 of the major results projects; Quincy, Stosny Treatment, DART, data collection and Court Watch.
Two Fortune 100 Corporations have agreed to be a corporate partner in this initiative, both to help Silent Witness as well as influence the larger community through policy and education. The Junior League of St. Paul has become a major force in the National Initiative and the Washington events.
Perhaps the most important result of the Silent Witness Exhibit is the extent to which it has touched and often changed the lives of individuals in our country. Comments and several poignant letters were received from people who have been deeply affected by the project. A furnace cleaner at the home of one of the organizers noticed the information on the exhibit in her basement. He said he had seen the exhibit on television, that it had touched him, and encouraged him to say things to other men about caring for women. A woman wrote a ten page letter telling how deeply moved she was by the exhibit.
"Your Silent Witness creation has had a great affect on opening me to surrendering my anonymity as a formerly battered woman...it was the springboard, the catalyst for my going public with my own truth."
Our Approach : Results Projects : Summary of States' Results : Statistics on Domestic Violence
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