Projects as of 2013
Minnesota Women’s Consortium
550 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN 55103
A Mind-Body Approach to Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/56475/amind-bodyapproachtodomesticviolenceperpetratortreatmentjamt20091.pdf
Emotional Regulation for Violator and Victim Treatment http://www.peacefulandsafe.com/
We have searched the country to find
projects that have reduced or eliminated domestic violence. The programs
we've found are very exciting and our goal is to replicate them in every
state. The Results projects are:
1. COURT WATCH
Monitors the courts as they try domestic violence cases to ensure
victims are safe and perpetrators are held accountable
Lack of consistency and thoroughness in courts'
treatment of domestic violence cases.
Survivors fearful of going forward on cases due
to court treatment.
Court Watch has changed the way in which judges and prosecutors treat
domestic violence cases. Examples include specialty courts, special days
for domestic violence court, more safety for survivors, collaboration
with Court Watch to improve the system, automatic orders for protection
for domestic violence cases, and improved treatment for perpetrators.
The mission of Court Watch is to make the courts more effective,
responsive, and accountable in their handling and sentencing of cases of
domestic violence and to create a more informed and involved public
through individual and systemic monitoring and public education.
Court Watch's primary activity is to train volunteers who monitor felony
or misdemeanor domestic violence cases as they move through the criminal
justice system. Volunteers track arraignments, pre-trial hearings,
sentencings, and probation revocation hearings. They analyze data to
identify patterns and long-term trends within the judicial system and
make the system more accountable for its policies and actions.
This is not an advocacy program, but a program designed to encourage
judges and prosecutors to handle these cases thoroughly and
respectfully. The result is that Court Watch and judges learn to work
In addition, Court Watch programs develop community awareness through
newsletters, public forums, and testimony on legislative issues.
Position papers or periodic newsletters which include factual findings
of the courts' actions are powerful tools for community education and
have been instrumental in stimulating changes within the court system.
This is a nine-step guide to establishing a domestic violence Court
Watch Project put together by the National Council of Jewish Women in
Establish a committee and elect a chairperson.
Gather information from representatives of your judicial system
and community agencies.
Develop a questionnaire for volunteers to use in monitoring
domestic violence in court.
Publicize and involve your community
in the Court Watch Program.
Establish volunteer education.
Organize training sessions.
Cities with Court Watch Programs:
Arizona (statewide protocol)
Los Angeles, CA
Belleview, IL (dedicated court) Minneapolis, MN
Montana (statewide training)
Boca Raton, FL
Montgomery County, MD
Chicago North Shore Section of NCJW North Shore, IL
Palm Beach, FL
Delray Beach, FL
Post Falls, ID
St. Louis, MO
Santa Fe, NM
El Dorado City, CA
Sioux Falls, SD
South Bend, IN
Lawton, OK Texas (statewide protocol)
Little Rock, AK
States with the highest number of Results Projects in place:
California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana,
Ohio, Texas, Wyoming.
Originators: Jacqueline Hauser/Susan Lenfesty, Watch Minnesota
Silent Witness Court Watch Mentors: Connie Fox, NCJW Court Watch,
Louisville, KY, 502-893-8380 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimita Potter, Jr. League, South Bend 219-273-1533 email@example.com
Materials / Resources:
NCJW Court Watch Project (Louisville): Training materials and manual
(with video) ($30.00) at NCJW Louisville. 502-458-5566 or fax 502-458-5516www.ctwatch.comWatch
(Minnesota): Brochures, newsletters, editorials, "Watch Dog"
customized software for tracking of judicial practices and patterns. 612-341-2747 firstname.lastname@example.org/~watch
Start-up manuals available.
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Collects consistent and accurate nationwide data on domestic violence
We are anticipating a 92% accuracy rate in domestic homicide reports of
women 18 and older by intimate partners in 49 states. One state
(Missouri) has legislation mandating domestic violence homicide
The mission of the Silent Witness Data Collection Program is to obtain
accurate reports of domestic violence homicides of women 18 and older by
intimate partners in every city and state. We collect these data so we
know how close we are to accomplishing our goal of eliminating domestic
homicides of women in this country. It will help us track the programs
that are having the most effect in moving us to our goals. And it gives
us reason to celebrate.
Supplemental Homicide Reports: Max Schlueter, our Silent Witness data
collection mentor, led us to the Supplemental Homicide Reports (SHR) of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. The SHR provided the data we used to report on
each state for this Results book. Silent Witness state coordinators had
struggled for six years collecting data from individual police
departments, attorneys general offices, and state FBI offices. Now we
can get domestic homicide reports by city, state, gender, age,
relationship, and weapon about 10 or 11 months after the end of the
calendar year. Our next challenge will be to find ways to get this
information on an even more timely basis so we can track our results
more quickly. Although we know there are issues with all data
collection, these are the most consistent data we have across all 50
states at this time.
One of the main reasons we have some confidence in these data is that
they are consistent with the total number of Silent Witness silhouettes
(1,496) from 50 states. Our number was the result of each state doing
its own research on all the domestic violence homicides of women in that
state for one calendar year. The FBI tracked 1,581 domestic homicides of
women in 1994, the year we started our national efforts, and 1,407 for
1995, so we felt we were right on track with our count of 1,496 for one
A group of Missouri organizers, including the NCJW, Attorney General's
Office and MCADC, drafted legislation that mandated domestic violence
homicide reporting in Missouri. The legislation passed. Copies of that
Senate Bill are available from our Silent Witness mentor. See Resources
All states produce Supplemental Homicide Reports except Kansas.
Originators: FBI (Supplemental Homicide Report); A Missouri
Collaboration wrote the Legislation for mandatory reporting.
Silent Witness Mentors: Max Schlueter, Director, Vermont Crime
Sally Katzif, NCJW, St. Louis, MO 314-576-7474 email@example.com
Materials / Resources:
If you would like a summary or a special printout of domestic violence
homicides for your city or state call the FBI Criminal Justice
Information Services Division at 304-625-4995.
There is a fee for this computerized information. For a copy of the Senate Bill No. 673, mandating domestic violence
homicide reporting, contact Sally Katzif at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Mississippi Model: Preparing Our Sons for Manhood
Involves the church in the prevention of alienation in African-American
- Lack of church involvement in domestic violence prevention
- Alienation of African-American adolescent males
98% of the 200 young men who entered this program completed it
successfully. They became more aware of the issues of domestic violence
and the dangers of pre-marital sex. They also experienced an increase in
self-esteem and in their ability to bond in relationships.
Mission of the Mississippi Model:
Preparing Our Sons for Manhood: Salvaging the Seeds is the program that
Silent Witness has identified as the Mississippi Model. The program's
mission is to provide positive role models, cultivate self-esteem, and
improve self-awareness (particularly in avoiding violent behavior) in
adolescent males. It helps young African-American males identify goals
and solutions and offers practical training in life skills. The program
endeavors to bring an end to social and domestic violence in the
African-American community and society at large.
Originally developed by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, this program and its
principles were adapted by Our House, Inc., an organization dedicated to
offering various means for people to achieve violence-free living, in
conjunction with New Life Church, Inc.
Preparing Our Sons for Manhood is a male mentoring program that works
through churches and schools. The program deals with the prevention of
child sexual abuse and dating violence, encourages abstinence in young
males, and educates youth on the dangers of pre-marital sex. The program is based on principles of love, respect, responsibility,
guidance and spirituality, and on a time-honored tradition in the
African-American community: "It takes an entire village to raise a
child." It embraces the idea that all children are the collective
responsibility of the community and the cornerstone of the future.
- Hosting rap sessions with sixth-grade male students at elementary
schools. These sessions reach 35-50 adolescent males between ages
11-13 each year.
- Providing public awareness programs to male youth between ages of
13-18 at local high schools, or at Our House, Inc.'s community
awareness programs in churches.
- Mentoring male youth from five counties.
Our House, Inc., also conducts one major conference each year for
400 junior and senior high school male students. Conference topics
include having a good time without sex, decreasing youth violence
(gangs, etc.), relationships, and learning to build self-confidence.
Other Services of Our House, Inc.:
- MASH - Men Against Spousal Harm, a behavioral modification program
for court-ordered domestic violence abusers. Reports of successful
outcomes ranged from 75% to 90%.
- LOVE - Let Our Violence End, a program that provides services for
victims of domestic violence.
- Rural Communities Public Awareness Program, delivered through
schools and churches. Teens' Intimate Partners Violence Prevention
Program, a three-yearresearch project for ninth-grade students.
- Survival United, which provides emotional support to surviving
family members in homicide cases.
- Advocacy and Training Program.
Cities that Currently Use the Mississippi Model
- Greenville, MS
- Cleveland, MS
Originator: Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport (Silent Witness Mississippi
Our House, Inc., PO Box 3956, Greenville, MS 38704 662 334-6873 Fax: 662
New Life Church, Inc. (Partnering Agency) Contact: Dr. Roderick Mitchell 662-846-LIFE (5433) Fax: 662-843-6103
Descriptive brochures and speakers. Training manual available soon.
Description: The sources we used for our information
of corporate programs were our SW Mentor James Hardeman of Polaroid and
the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. There is a lot of new
activity in the corporate world and we refer you to the Corporate
Alliance for the list of activities.
Success: Although there is a great deal of activity
in the education and awareness arenas, we are looking for companies who
will start model results projects and track their success in making
their workplaces the safest in America by reducing workplace violence
and bullying activity in the workplace.
As you become aware of such programs, please alert us to them.
Examples of Corporations with Domestic Violence Awareness
Polaroid Liz Claiborne Blue Shield/San Francisco Victoria's Secret Bell Atlantic Mobil GAP
Air Canada Abercrombie and Fitch Wells Fargo Blue Cross Blue Shield CIGNA
American Express Archer Daniels Midland Country Companies
The Limited Eastman Kodak NFL Pennzoil Avon Products Victoria's Secret /
Columbus, OH State Farm Levi Strauss Mintz, Levin & Popeo, Boston
Kraft Foods McKee Foods Kraft Foods / Chicago Bell South/Atlantic Target
/ Columbus, OH TJ
Maxx/Natick, MA Target Stores Body Shop/Columbia, SC Phillip Morris Marshalls
Silent Witness Mentor: James Hardeman, 508-746-0660, email@example.com
Corporate Alliance Contact: Kim Wells, 309-664-0667, firstname.lastname@example.org
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COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE:
Promotes collaboration within the criminal justice and advocacy
communities to ensure that women are safe and perpetrators are held
- Lack of consistency in courts' treatment of domestic violence
- High level of dismissals,
- Lack of coordination among criminal justice professionals,
- Victims fearful of courts, fearful of testifying.
Quincy, MA: One domestic violence homicide in 12 years (pop. 250,000)
San Diego: Domestic violence homicides down from more than 30 in 1985 to
8 in 1994 and 0 as of August 1999.
Seattle: Domestic violence homicides down from more than 30 in 1994 to 3
Nashville: Domestic homicide rates fell 46% in each of 3 consecutive
years. Decreased recidivism in critical cases. Increased confidence of
crime victims. Trying cases without the requirement of victim testimony.
San Diego tries two-thirds of all domestic violence cases and has a 95%
The mission of all the coordinated community response programs is to
streamline the process of investigation and conviction, increase
conviction rates, and make the courts more consistent and conscientious
in domestic violence cases. Their goals are to make victims safer, hold
abusers accountable, make misdemeanors matter, never let a victim die in
vain, and prevent the violence from starting.
The programs seek to coordinate the five key players involved in
domestic violence cases: the judges, city attorneys (prosecutors), police, probation, and
advocates. This model was first developed in Duluth, MN. Quincy, MA,
made it a national success story. San Diego, CA, and Nashville, TN, have
also created successful versions of this model.
Quincy: A user-friendly responsive court program including:
- A special, private office staffed by trained clerks who assist
- A daily group briefing session for all restraining order
- Two special sessions daily to expedite protection order hearings.
- Six-week education groups and twelve-week support groups for
- Pre-trial probation programs mandating weapon forfeiture, no
contact with the victim, psychological evaluations.
- A specially trained probation enforcement team.
- Fast-track court scheduling to ensure speedy trials.
- Routine case coordination with the special domestic violence
prosecutor and other assistant district attorneys.
- Strictly enforced sentencing, including intensive supervision,
mandatory batterers' group treatment, alcohol and drug abstinence
monitored through random urine and hair test, and follow up with the
victim to ensure the defendant is obeying court orders.
- Each Tuesday morning a special revocation session of court.
San Diego: Pro-Arrest, Pro-Prosecution
The heart of this intervention strategy is prosecuting domestic
violence cases at the felony and misdemeanor level with or without
victim participation. The mission is to focus on abuser accountability even if the victim is
unable to participate with the prosecution. The city attorney's office
provides the victim advocacy and safety planning whether she chooses to
participate with the prosecution or not. The purpose is, in as many
cases as possible, to let the victim choose whether to participate.
The highest conviction rate in 1998 was in cases when the victim
testified for the defense. The second highest conviction rate was when
the victim was not present for trial at all. The lowest conviction rate
was when the victim testified in the prosecution's case but recanted
some or all of her original statement to the police. Two-thirds of all
misdemeanor cases were prosecuted, with a 95% conviction rate.
In 1985, 30% of the homicides in San Diego were domestic violence
related. This number was very close to the national average. As the city
attorney implemented pro-arrest, pro-prosecution policies there was a
decline in the domestic violence homicides. San Diego went from 30
homicides in 1985 to 22 by 1990. By 1994, the number was down to 8
domestic related homicides.
Nashville, TN, Police Department:
Police Intervention Strategy as Part of a Coordinated Community Response.
The Nashville Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau has 35
offices - the largest single investigative unit in the United States
dealing with crime within the family as measured in 1996. Nashville
takes a multidisciplinary approach involving the entire criminal justice
system and social service community. Tactics include early intervention,
prevention, counseling, education, training of professionals,
investigation, and prosecution. The cultural views of the crime of
domestic violence are changing. This is the key to overall success. As a result, the domestic violence homicide rates in Nashville have
fallen 46% on average for three successive years.
Cities with Coordinated Community Response:
Marquette City, MI
Cook County, IL
| Quincy, MA
San Diego, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Ft. Wayne, IN
West Morris, NJ
Originators: Duluth, MN, and Quincy, MA; Sarah Buel and colleagues at
the University of Texas School of Law 512-282-9688 email@example.com
Casey Guinn, San Diego City Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Silent Witness Coordinated Community Response Mentors:
Anne O'Dell (consultant, formerly with San Diego Police Dept.)
800-580-8561 email@example.com Mark Wynn (Nashville Police Dept.) 615-880-3000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials / Resources:
Investigation Manuals available from Anne O'Dell. Program description, case statement, copy of police orders, sample
documents, statistics, organizational charts, news stories, and 3 video
tapes available from Mark Wynn, Nashville.
Quincy Probation Response Guide PID#1F5064 1-800-662-8337 ext. 62; Video
tape, "Alive and Well in Quincy" from 60 Minutes available from
Ambrose Publishing, 1-800-843-0048
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6. OWNING UP FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, AGES 10-18
Owning Up teaches children to understand their personal choices and
behavior in relation to their social networks and gender violence.
Owning Up gives children the skills and strategies they need to make
healthy, safe, and ethical choices.
The program covers cliques, exclusivity, and reputations; same-sex
bullying; sexual harassment; the differences between consent, sexual
assault, and dating violence, and the difference between self-defense
and perpetration of assault.
Empower, the parent organization for Owning Up, is a non-profit
organization in Washington, DC. Empower's research shows results in
changing girls' behavior regarding boundaries, treatment of other girls,
and grade enhancement. It indicates that as a result of this program,
girls' self-image grows, boundaries become clear, test scores rise, and
anti-girl behaviors (gossip and backbiting) decrease. The program was
developed by Rosalind Wiseman.
Silent Witness Mentor: Rosalind Wiseman 202-882-2800 email@example.com
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7. TAOS MODEL FOR COUNSELING SURVIVORS
The Community Against Violence program in Taos, NM has collected
research for two years on their mandatory counseling program for
battered women who live in their transitional shelter program. This
counseling, which focuses on self-esteem, boundaries, and empowerment,
helps women create meaningful, abuse-free lives. The counseling consists
of weekly individual sessions and a weekly support group. The program is
an adjunct to safety planning, life skills, and parenting classes.
80% of the women who participate in counseling move into homes of their
own within three months. They become more self-reliant and are more
likely to attend college, to find employment, and to stay out of abusive
relationships. Half of these women continue counseling after leaving the
shelter. The population of this shelter program last year consisted of
56% Hispanic, 8% Native American, 34% Anglos, and 2% other races.
Silent Witness Mentors: Malinda Dunnam, Dayna Lea 505-758-8082
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
We have much to celebrate for all the progress that has been made to
date within the domestic violence movement. At the same time we are at a
crossroads in the domestic violence movement in this country. We have
many good programs operating and exciting new research that suggests
possible new directions. Although we still don't know exactly what will
make the greatest difference, several programs and trends that are
outlined in this book have had sufficient research to show remarkable
progress. The next five years will be crucial for these new initiatives.
Here are some suggestions and observations for the future of Silent
Witness and everyone in the domestic violence movement.
- Goal Setting: Set large concrete goals that force us to think more
creatively. New approaches come forth as a result of setting
- Program Evaluation: Pursue only the programs that have measurable
results and make a difference to our clients in the long run.
Continue to collect research that tells us what behaviors are
- Results Measurement: Be relentless in tracking results in domestic
murders and battering. Track murder rates, rearrest rates, police
domestic calls, and repeated shelter usage so that we know what
effect our efforts are having in the larger community.
- Perpetrator Treatment: Pursue perpetrator treatment as a vital
component of the solution to domestic violence. Believe than men can
change. Insist on programs that are successful in healing men while
still holding them accountable. Pursue ongoing evaluation of all
treatment and intervention programs.
- Survivor Programs: Provide more effective programs for survivors.
Add counseling programs that have been proven effective in helping
women become self-reliant and independent. Add these to the safety
planning, life skills, and parenting programs that already exist.
- Adolescent Programs: Offer prevention programs for adolescents and
young adults that move beyond awareness. Consider programs that show
measurable behavior change and other tangible results.
- Corporate Charge: Challenge corporations to declare their intent
to be the first violence-free workplaces and to be willing to
measure their progress.
- Court Programs: Establish collaborative relationships with courts
and judges to ensure responsible and efficient treatment of
survivors and perpetrators.
- Church and Synagogue Programs: Challenge churches and synagogues
to start preventive emotional regulation programs in their
- Celebrate Success: Recognize people and programs that are making a