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Past comments from Blueprint trainings:

"I feel proud to be part of a city and state that holds batterers accountable and is focusing on domestic violence with an intensive and intentional approach."
"Implementing the Blueprint is an organic process that needs to have everyone in the process understand his or her responsibility in relation to everybody else’s responsibility. It definitely  will save lives."

Blueprint for Safety

The Blueprint for Safety, originally developed and implemented in Saint Paul, MN, is a prototype that can be used by any community hoping to link its criminal justice agencies together in a coherent, philosophically sound domestic violence intervention model. If you would like to speak with someone about how to become a Blueprint community, or would like more information on The Blueprint, email

City of New Orleans Adopts Blueprint for Safety 

Office on Violence Against Women demonstration site launches new plan to end battering

"A diverse coalition of leaders from across the city have come together to take a unified stand against domestic violence. Our mission is clear: better respond to domestic violence so that we can stop the violence and save lives."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

On October 21st, New Orleans adopted the Blueprint for Safety, joining Saint Paul, Mankato and Winona, Minnesota* in committing to a system-wide approach to close gaps in domestic violence intervention.

The City of New Orleans was selected in 2011 as one of three national sites for the Blueprint for Safety Adaptation Demonstration Initiative, a project of the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with Praxis International. The Shelby County/Memphis, Tennessee and Duluth, Minnesota demonstration sites will launch their Blueprints early next year.

In New Orleans, practitioners from six criminal legal system agencies engaged in a two-year process of examining policies, conducting focus groups with victims, observing practitioners at work, analyzing agency practices and forms, before adopting the New Orleans Blueprint for Safety. Participants in the effort included the New Orleans Police Department, Office of the Orleans Parish District Attorney, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Domestic Violence Monitoring Court, New Orleans District Probation and Parole, City of New Orleans Municipal Court with support from the Mayor's Domestic Violence Work Group, the New Orleans Family Justice Center, and the Disparate Impact Strategic Planning Committee.

From remarks by Bea Hanson, Office on Violence Against Women

Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director, Office on Violence Against Women, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Mayor Landrieu's leadership in addressing domestic violence is commendable. In far too many places, we don't have leadership from the top and this is so very important. Here in New Orleans, you have not only the Mayor's leadership but also the police chief, the sheriff, the district attorney, the courts - all of this leadership is what could make the Blueprint happen here. 

We know when we are not coordinated (in our response) that bad things can happen. And we know that domestic violence is a chronic problem. It doesn't just happen once, but is about a pattern of power and control. And it's a long process that we all need to stay involved in (to protect victims). You've created this in your Blueprint. And while this is a celebration of your accomplishment, it's also a beginning, where you will now be putting this new policy into practice. This will be the hard work and the Office on Violence Against Women is committed to working with you to put the Blueprint into practice.

Read more about the New Orleans Blueprint for Safety launch

Mayor Landrieu Announces a New Domestic Violence Initiative

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announces new domestic violence program aimed at prioritizing most at-risk

New Orleans unveils strategy to combat domestic violence

Mayor Landrieu announces "Blueprint for Safety" to fight domestic violence

For more information, contact Denise Eng, Blueprint for Safety Program Manager, 651-699-8000 x 17, or email

In 2007 the Minnesota Legislature awarded a grant to the of Saint Paul to write a comprehensive plan integrating the knowledge gleaned from thirty years of local and national research, demonstration projects, and practice into a “blueprint” for city and county agencies responding to misdemeanor and felony assaults. The Blueprint was created with the leadership of seven agencies and the district court bench in the City of Saint Paul, as well as through conversations and consultation with community members, advocates, researchers, and experts confronting this crime both locally and nationally.

The Blueprint for Safety is written as a single document with a chapter for each agency within the criminal justice system. It is not a collection of good policies; it is a collective policy with each chapter linked inextricably to the whole. It uses interagency policies, protocols, case processing procedures, and information sharing to: (a) maximize the ability of the state to gain a measure of control over a domestic violence offender; (b) use that control to intervene quickly when there are new acts of violence, intimidation or coercion; and (c) shift the burden of holding the offender accountable for violence or abuse from the victim to the system. Learn more of the key features of the Blueprint for Safety in following overview video:

Excerpted from a training video created by the Saint Paul Police Department. Used with permission.

The Blueprint is anchored in six foundational principles that we have identified as essential characteristics of intervention that maximize safety for victims of domestic violence and hold offenders accountable while offering them opportunities to change. The foundational principles are:

1. Adhere to an interagency approach and collective intervention goals
2. Build attention to the context and severity of abuse into each intervention
3. Recognize that most domestic violence is a patterned crime requiring continuing engagement with     victims and offenders
4. Establish sure and swift consequences for continued abuse
5. Use the power of the criminal justice system to send messages of help and accountability
6. Act in ways that reduce unintended consequences and the disparity of impact on victims and     offenders

There are two versions of The Blueprint; one specifically for the City of Saint Paul, and the other for communities across the country to use as a template or guide to create their own customized version. For more on the documents, click here.

If you would like to speak with someone about how to become a Blueprint community, or would like more information on The Blueprint, email

Blueprint in the news:

Domestic Violence Effort Nears Finish, March 24, 2012

Official launch of the Saint Paul Blueprint, April 2, 2010

Saint Paul has new Blueprint for tackling domestic violence, April 1, 2010

Saint Paul preps 'Blueprint' for better domestic violence response, April 1, 2010

Editorial: Take steps to curb domestic abuse, October 11, 2009

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