Lessons from Duluth and Beyond: Policing Domestic Abuse as Part of a Coordinated Community Response

June 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Rockliffe Hall
Hurworth Place
Darlington DL2 2DU

The N8 Policing Research Partnership (PRP) are delighted to announce that we have representatives from two of the leading domestic abuse organisations in the US coming over to talk to us about their approach. We will use this opportunity to reflect on policing domestic abuse and wider community responses across the N8 region.



Melissa Scaia, MPA, Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women, Co-Founder of Domestic Violence Turning Points, and former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, “the Duluth Model”.

Scott Miller, Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Organizer for Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) in Duluth, MN and coordinator of the Men’s Non-Violence Program at DAIP.


Sessions include:

Organizing and Developing a Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence:  Lessons from Duluth and Beyond

Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence was first organized in the early 1980’s in Duluth, Minnesota as an intervention designed to centralize victim safety and to hold men who batter accountable for their violence.  In 2014, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), the city of Duluth and St. Louis County were awarded the “Gold Award” from the World Future Council and Inter-Parliamentary Union for the creation of the concept of ‘Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence’.  The concept of a CCR can be applied and adapted across different cultural contexts giving communities the tools to develop their own interventions. The involvement of each participant in a CCR is guided by the core principles of interventions designed to protect survivors from further harm.  When CCRs began developing, battered women told many partners that they wanted interveners to work with their partners to end their use of violence against them. Men’s nonviolence classes began in Duluth and abroad to help abusive men look more closely at their actions, intentions and beliefs and the effect their actions had on their partners and others. The Duluth men’s nonviolence classes help men get to the core of their actions and beliefs and is one of the most replicated programs for men who batter in the world. This approach to tackling violence against women has inspired violence protection law implementation and the creation of batterer intervention programs in the United States and around the world, including in countries such as Austria, Germany, Romania, and Australia.  This session will provide an overview of the Duluth Model, CCRs, men’s nonviolence classes and their implementation and adaptation in Duluth and across the globe.


Creating an Effective Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence within a Coordinated Community Response (CCR)

When agencies—from 911 to the courts—work together to create policies and procedures that interweave together, the whole system works in coordination to more effectively hold batterers accountable. Each agency has a part in identifying and rectifying gaps that hurt battered women.  Sometimes policies or plans that are developed and thought to help women who are battered actually cause more harm than good. The Duluth Model approach to creating a CCR keeps the voices of victims central to any policies or plans that are made by including victims and the advocates who work closely with them in all decision making.  Local police departments are essential in a CCR approach to intervening in domestic abuse incidents. The investigation of these cases sets the foundation for almost every subsequent action by the courts and community-based agencies. It is the cornerstone of an effective, coordinated inter-agency response.   This session will outline how a police department’s procedures and policies can be developed as part of a coordinated community response (CCR).



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