Coordinated Community Response

The CCR model works with communities to develop more effective responses to the crime of domestic assault. It brings advocacy programs,law enforcement, criminal justice, human service and other agencies together to coordinate their responses, integrating best practices into the infrastructure of case processing, so that victims and their children are safer, offenders are held more accountable and the responsibility for ending the violence is shifted from the victim to the community.

The first CCR was developed in Duluth, MN in the early 1980’s. Thelen and Derry replicated the Duluth model starting the St. Cloud Intervention Project in 1983 and, since that time, have worked closely with the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Praxis, Battered Women’s Justice Project, Advocates for Human Rights and other national resource centers to develop and implement the approach.

An effective CCR is widely known as one of the most effective methods for intervening on domestic violence. It is being replicated in cities and rural areas in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.The method involves community organizing and advocacy that examine training programs, policies, procedures and text — intake forms, report formats, assessments, evaluations, checklists and other materials, — and asks , “how does each practice, procedure, form or brochure either enhance or compromise victim safety?” It then asks,” what would better organize each agency to intervene more effectively in domestic violence?”

Independently and in association with Praxis International, Gender Violence Institute provides specialized training and technical assistance.