DDVCC’s Mission Statement:
Our mission is to prevent domestic violence related fatalities through research, public policy, community collaboration, and by sharing information about the dynamics of domestic violence and evidenced based practices that reduce the risk of lethality.
The Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DDVCC) began as a task force in 1984, to address issues around Colorado’s mandatory arrest law (C.R.S. 18-6-803.6). A group of domestic violence advocates, Denver officials, police officers, attorneys, offender treatment providers, and community members recognized a need for coordination and collaboration to provide successful systems change and oversight. The DDVCC obtained its 501(C)(3) status in 1985, and for the past 26 years DDVCC has been a strong, multi-disciplinary, participant-driven forum for directing a coordinated response to domestic violence.
The organization helps facilitate an ongoing, state-of-the-art, coordinated response to domestic violence in Denver between community organizations and criminal/civil legal entities. This DDVCC’s principal goals include domestic violence prevention, increasing domestic violence victim and community safety, and effectively containing and holding abusers accountable. Any domestic violence victim served by a participating agency or system is positively impacted by our overall work. Primary activities of the DDVCC include leadership and coordination of the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DMDVFR), ongoing involvement with Denver’s Triage Review Team, and partnership with the Rose Andom Center (RAC). The DDVCC recognizes how devastating the impacts of domestic violence are on individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.
The DDVCC is often the first contacted when concerns or problems arise regarding a domestic violence response. Here are a few examples of the impact our organization is having:
- Indigent victims do not have to pay for services to obtain protection orders.
- Judges no longer order temporary care and control of children.
- Personal recognizance bonds for abusers have been eliminated
Coordinated Community Response – A key role of the DDVCC is to impact domestic violence protocols. Recent improvements were made to the Denver Police Department forms used in tracking domestic violence information; the Triage Project is now able to provide an immediate response to domestic violence cases; and child abuse reports are shared among law enforcement, women’s advocates, and the Department of Human Services Child Protection Team, in order to better serve victims.
Community Education – The DDVCC brings speakers from participant agencies and the community to present at monthly meetings to help other participant agencies stay on top of key issues, at no cost to members. In collaboration with local system and community agencies, the DDVCC has developed and hosted regular conferences for the public. The DDVCC staff have presented workshops at local and national conferences, including CO Organization of Victim Assistance (COVA), Domestic Violence Sex Offender Management Board (DVSOMB), CO Div. of Criminal Justice, & the US Dept. of Justice/Battered Women Justice Project Conference.
The Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council’s Committees:
Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee – In 2008, the DDVCC began managing the 12-year-old system/community agency collaboration. The goal is to help reduce domestic violence related deaths by identifying common occurrences and risk factors. The project goes beyond reviewing and disseminating information on DV fatalities, to using the data to make positive changes in intervention tactics for specialists all over Colorado. We maintain the only statewide tally of domestic violence deaths. Of interest, when the CO Bureau of Investigation (CBI), typically the “go-to” source of crime statistics, tallies their domestic violence related deaths they do not include children, same sex partners, collateral deaths or suicides. There is a need for these statistics, and DDVCC fills that need.
The DV / Child Protection Services Committee – The focus of this committee is to improve relationships between Child Protection Services and domestic violence providers when there’s overlap of domestic violence and child abuse. This Committee has created “Best Practices Protocols” for responding to cases involving both DV and child abuse.