|A Coordinated Community Response (CCR) model of domestic violence illustrates the inter-relationship of agencies and levels of response for tackling domestic violence. It recognises and makes explicit that no one agency can deal effectively and safely with the effects of domestic violence. IWCADV is committed to being part of a CCR in Ipswich which would see different service provider's partner in the work against domestic violence. |
A CCR can be lots of different things. For example:
- A partnership between police and DV services to perform joint risk assessments and safety plans for victims;
- Con-current groups between perpetrator programs and DV services;
- Mandating perpetrators into appropriate programs at court or as part of parole conditions;
- Regular case meetings between police, court, DV services, perpetrator programs and child welfare agencies.
The IWCADV has a strong focus on developing a coordinated community response to domestic and family violence in our region! We have recently hosted forums and meetings to progress this process and hope to introduce some firmer partnerships with a variety of key stakeholders!
There are 4 critical principles or priorities of a good CCR:
- Victim safety and autonomy is paramount;
- Offender Accountability - Opportunities and inclination for abuse is removed/reduced;
- System Accountability - responsibility for the preceding points ultimately rests with the system;
- Community/Societal tolerance for violence against women and children is reduced.
It is really important to think about how we as individuals, families, organisations, government departments and politicians can create a system in our region that works towards those principles. The IWCADV will in the coming years facilitate a number of meetings to ensure that we engage the community as well as key stakeholders.
What makes an effective CCR?
- Written policies that centralise victim safety, offender accountability;
- Practices that link intervening practitioners and agencies together;
- An entity that tracks and monitors cases and assesses data;
- An inter-agency process that brings practitioners together to dialogue and resolve problems;
- A central role for victim advocates, shelters, and women who have experienced DV in the process;
- A shared philosophy about domestic violence;
- A system that shifts responsibility for victim safety from the victim to the system;
If you think your organisation or department should partake in a coordinated community response please call the IWCADV on 07 3816 3000. We look forward to working in partnership with you to eradicate domestic and family violence.