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Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative

The Center for Human Services Research and the Westchester County Office for Women were awarded a federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to participate in a Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative (DVHP).

CHSR worked with Westchester County to conduct an assessment of their process, systems, and partnerships that address domestic violence and homicide prevention. The assessment involved the identification of strengths and weaknesses in the community’s response to domestic violence. In partnership with Westchester County, CHSR was one of only twelve sites nationwide to receive funding for the DVHP Initiative.

Evaluation & Research

The Demonstration Initiative was designed to support 12 grantees to conduct a one-year community assessment of their response to domestic violence. The assessment involved the identification of strengths and weaknesses in the community’s response to domestic violence, as well as the collection of a predetermined set of baseline data. The assessment was designed to inform any future use of the Jacquelyn Campbell Danger Assessment Tool and subsequent implementation of the Maryland Lethality Assessment Program or the Greater Newburyport High Risk Team, two models designed to prevent domestic violence homicides and serious injuries.

Contact: Dr. Susan Ehrhard-Dietzel