Coordinated Community Responses to Domestic Violence in Six Communities: Beyond the Justice System. Training

10/01/1996

Training in and by community agencies has also been an important component of the coordination effort. In order to break down barriers, especially in the early days of the council, it was important for victim advocates and shelter workers to learn about what the police and prosecutors do, just as it has been important for the police department and deputy city attorneys to understand what services are available in the community for victims and offenders, and to learn about the cycle of abuse in violent relationships.

Training is traded across agencies through relationships developed on the council. The Police Department provides training on domestic violence to community organizations who may come into contact with offenders and victims. Shelter workers and victim advocates also provide training in the community, and educate law enforcement, prosecutors and probation officers, in addition to the larger community, on domestic violence.