The Best Practice Assessment Tools are available for communities who want to use the lessons learned from CCR efforts and Safety Audits to examine their system’s response to battering. The assessment tools will help you analyze your community’s 911 through charging responses to domestic violence.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Examples of outcomes from community implementation of the DVBPA Guides
Overview Video of Best Practice Assesment Tools Video
Video on building a team
Best Practice Assessment of Emergency Communications (911) & Police Patrol Responses to Domestic Violence
Best Practice Assessment of Investigations & Prosecution Charging Decisions in Domestic Violence-Related Cases
Best Practice Checklists for Improving Community Response to Domestic Violence
Sample Reports from Communities who have conducted the Best Practice Assessment
Who to contact for more information
Past webinars featuring the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides


Examples of outcomes from communities who have implemented the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides include: 
  • developed and implemented follow-up questions and training for 911 operators to ask related to risk, strangulation, and whether children are present;
  • improved consistency in risk assessment in patrol response, including documenting signs of strangulation;
  • improved stalking investigation; created and implemented a domestic violence-specific incident report for patrol;
  • developed a new protocol implementing the Maryland Lethality Assessment tool;
  • established an advocacy-initiated response;
  • developed state-certified training for patrol officers on responding to domestic violence; and created a new domestic violence investigator position.

Overview video of the Best Practice Assessment Tools 

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Video on Building a Team to Conduct a Best Practice Assessment   

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Best Practice Assessment of Emergency Communications (911) & Police Patrol Responses to Domestic Violence

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Best Practice Assessment of Investigations & Prosecution Charging Decisions in Domestic Violence-Related Cases

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Best Practice Checklists for Improving Community Response to Domestic Violence

Praxis has condensed and revised the above Best Practice Assessment tools into four separate best practice checklists. These checklists can be used by interagency groups to conduct abbreviated reviews of case files produced in 911, patrol, investigation and prosecution charging decisions. The checklists lend themselves to a relatively quick review of case files or reports by an interagency team to help your community’s intervention agencies determine their adherence to best practices. The essence of the fuller assessment guide is now more accessible to communities who wanted to do a quick review or use them as an exercise in their CCR work.

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PDF iconPatrol

PDF iconInvestigations

PDF iconCharging


Sample Reports from Communities who have conducted the Best Practice Assessment

PDF iconRecommendations for Williams & McKenzie County (North Dakota) Police Response to Domestic Violence

PDF iconReport for Deschutes County (Oregon) for Police follow-up and Prosecution Charging Decision

PDF iconReport for Deschutes County (Oregon) for 911 and Patrol

PDF iconBillings (Montana) Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Report for 911 and Patrol Response

PDF iconFindings and Recommendations for Aroostook County (Maine) Police Response to Domestic Violence

 


Past webinars featuring the Domestic violence Best Practice Assessment Guides

Watch Assessing for Core Practices in Criminal Justice System Response to Domestic Violence: Using the Best Practice Assessment Guides to Analyze 911 & Patrol, October 2016, Maren Woods, Courtney Chasse, and Officer Katie Nash

Watch Using the BPA Guides to Analyze Prosecution Response to Battering, September 2015, Olga Trujillo, Courtney Chasse, Trish Meyer, Drew Moore, and Judi Nelson

Watch An Introduction to the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guide, July 2015, Olga Trujillo, Courtney Chase, Suzie Kramer-Brenna, Trish Meyer, Katie Nash, and Maren Woods

Watch Presenting the Case: Best Practices in Prosecution Charging Decisions, September 2014, Rhonda Martinson and Maren Woods

Watch Building the Domestic Violence Case: Best Practices in Patrol and Investigation, August 2014, Lucy Pope and John Beyer

Watch Presenting the Domestic Violence Case: Best Practices in Prosecution Charging Decisions, October 2013, Jane Sadusky and Rhonda Martinson

Watch Building the Domestic Violence Case: Best Practice in Patrol and Investigation, August 2013, Jane Sadusky and John Beyer

Watch The 911 Call: The Critical Starting Point, June 2013, Jane Sadusky and Emily Debroux

 


Who can I contact for more information about the Best Practice Assessment?

Contact Maren Woods at (651) 699-8000 or maren@praxisinternational.org