Denver’s Domestic Violence Early Intervention Team (TRIAGE): Policy, Practice & Research / 5 February 2013

BWJP 2013 Series on Researcher/Practitioner Discourse on Violence Against Women

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Eastern Time)
Location: Your Desk

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Presenters: Margaret Abrams, M.A. is Program Director for the Domestic Violence Early Intervention Team with the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Dora-Lee Larson, M.A. is the Executive Director of the Denver D.V. Coordinating Council for 8 years and Community Education Director for SafeHouse Denver, and Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver.

Description: Begun in January 2006, Denver’s TRIAGE is a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that seeks to identify & assess risk factors for continuing, severe domestic violence, to provide active and immediate outreach to support DV victims, and to achieve rapid containment of offenders. Outreach is designed to ensure that DV victims receive valuable information regarding Protection Orders, safety planning, counseling and linkage with other services within 48 hours of the reported incident. When necessary, the Triage Detective & police victim assistant will do a home visit in an effort to help increase victim safety.

The Triage Team meets daily to review Domestic Violence incidents reported to Denver Police Department the previous day, including cases filed w/the City Attorney’s Office, defendants in custody on misdemeanor and felony charges and incident reports where the defendant is still at large. The purpose is to identify & assess risk factors, provide active and immediate outreach to support those victimized by domestic violence and rapid containment of offenders. 

Home visits are a valuable tool used to connect and reach out to victims who may not access resources on their own because of crisis, fear, isolation, or who may simply be unaware of the range of services. Domestic violence victims often feel isolated and afraid of what may happen after law enforcement is involved. Home visits are also available when Triage members have heightened concerns about victim safety and/or other attempts to contact the victim are unsuccessful.  A home visit demonstrates a commitment to the victim, concern for their safety and provides invaluable opportunities for the victim to access services. Furthermore, a home visit empowers victims with better knowledge of what they can expect during the processes of the investigation and court proceedings.

Home visits are not an investigative function but rather an outreach effort of the Triage Team to help further determine potential risk factors, convey concern about the victim’s immediate and on-going safety and facilitate access to other resources. Through this effort, a home visit may reveal other evidence of on-going violence (i.e. visible injuries, broken furniture, holes in walls, etc.) that may be indicators of escalation and can provide an opening for further conversations. 

The TRIAGE team includes representatives from the Denver Police Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance Units, Denver’s District and City Attorneys’ Offices, PreTrial Services, Probation and community agencies including: Colorado Legal Services, Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, SafeHouse Denver and Project Safeguard. 

An NIJ study, directed by Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. at the University of Denver Dept of Psychology, addresses the impact TRIAGE has had on female victims of domestic violence in the Denver area. The TRIAGE team’s coordinated victim-focused outreach has a positive impact on women’s wellbeing.  Women who received outreach (compared to women who received referrals) reported greater decreases in distress one year later, including PTSD symptoms, depression, & fear.  Additionally, women who had early, victim-focused contact with system-based advocates were more likely to have contact with community-based agencies providing domestic violence services than women who declined to talk with or were never reached by system-based advocates.  The victim-focused outreach to women still living with their abusers provided by Triage partners about a month after the incident, was shown to help improve case dispositions, compared to victims who only received referrals.

Article: DePrince, A., Belknap, J., Labus, J., Buckingham, S., & Gover, A. (September 2012). “The Impact of Victim-Focused Outreach on Criminal Legal System Outcomes following Police-Reported Intimate Partner Abuse.” Violence Against Women, 18, #9. September issue -- V. 18, #9.

Registration Details: This webinar is open to OVW Grantees, the Military Email List, and the general public.

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