University at Albany

Police Domestic Violence Follow-up Home Visiting Program

CHSR worked with the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) to provide information on how 11 grant-funded police departments across New York State designed and implemented a domestic violence home visiting program. The grants were awarded by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Participating departments were chosen by DCJS based on an analysis of domestic violence crime statistics. The police departments received the grants to enhance their response to domestic violence by allowing specially trained police officers to conduct follow-up home visits to homes where they have responded to domestic incident calls. Officers used these follow-up visits to enhance their criminal investigations and to ensure that victims had the information they needed to seek help and access local domestic violence providers and other needed services. OPDV and DJCS encouraged the departments to work with domestic violence advocates, local district attorneys’ offices, and others in their communities. 

Evaluation & Research

CHSR interviewed police officers and domestic violence advocates in all 11 jurisdictions to gather their perspectives on the program model, changes in practice, cross-agency collaboration, changes in relationships with victims, impact on victims’ attitudes or behaviors, and the effect on criminal justice outcomes.  Interviews were conducted in-person and over the phone. CHSR analyzed and summarized the interview data, highlighting key themes and providing recommendations based on the findings. The results of the study were shared in a research brief.

Contact: Rose Greene