BWJP, in partnership with the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is embarking on a new, OVW-funded special project involving new strategies to respond to intimate partner violence (IPV), specifically the implementation of the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI).

Intimate partner violence is often thought of as fundamentally different from other types of violence, but a considerable body of evidence shows that the gravest IPV with respect to the most vulnerable victims tends to be driven by “chronic” offenders who commit a wide variety of crimes at relatively high rates. Research also demonstrates that IPV offenders who do not fit this profile can be deterred by relatively low-level sanctions. The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) aims to create meaningful deterrence for the most chronic and dangerous offenders, while promoting safety for victims.  The IPVI strategy is an evidence-based approach to reducing serious IPV through strategic law enforcement, community-based informal social control, and victim-centered advocacy and social service provision.  With a partnership of law enforcement, victim advocates, social service providers, and community members, IPVI addresses all offenders known to the criminal justice system while enhancing support and outreach for victims.

Like all effective coordinated response, this initiative relies heavily on law enforcement and community working together to implement all parts of the IPVI strategy. In addition, law enforcement data about IPV offenses in a jurisdiction is critical to the successful implementation, specifically the ability to distinguish between incidences of “intimate partner” violence and other “family” violence. 

With selected jurisdictions, the NNSC and BWJP will provide intensive assistance and support to these communities to implement the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention, including but not limited to:

  • An in-depth inquiry of the jurisdiction’s crime data to identify the jurisdiction’s most serious and chronic IPV offenders, an evaluation resources and capacity across partner agencies, and assessment of current policies and operations.
  • Direct, intensive technical assistance on the implementation of the strategy as well as best practices in responding to, investigating and prosecuting IPV cases;
  • Peer support and collaborative learning opportunities with other communities implementing the strategy; and
  • An evaluation of implementation. 

For more information on the IPVI strategy, please click here.