Published: August, 2004| Jane Sadusky

In 1999, the Battered Women's Justice Project began working with four communities to explore the application of community policing, with its emphasis on community engagement and problem-solving, to domestic violence. BWJP and its partners set out to analyze and articulate how it might intersect with the core principles of domestic violence organizing: victim safety, offender accountability, and community change. A complete discussion of this undertaking, and a case study for each community, can be found in Community Policing and Domestic Violence: Five Promising Practices, also available at this website. The ideas, concepts, and strategies summarized in the following pages are meant to encourage community-based advocates and their law enforcement allies to consider new approaches to partnership and problem-solving.