Domestic Violence Policy Committee Report
A P P E N D I X

Recommended Actions by Accountable Party

Sheriff's Department

Section Recommended Action
1C Ongoing task forces will be established at three levels: a) administrative/procedural, b) case review, c) community education, to insure that the system's responses to and practices regarding domestic violence are consistent with a value of zero tolerance for domestic violence.
2D Community oriented policing, neighborhood watch and gang
task force programs will be expanded to ensure a focus on
family violence.
3A & 9E Ongoing, mandatory multi-disciplinary training will be provided for all county and Law Enforcement agencies (sworn and non-sworn), at all levels, on domestic violence, child abuse, cycles of violence, and power and control dynamics within interpersonal relationships. Such training should focus on issues such as:
* discretion/reasonable victim standard for enforcement of TROs,
* use of stay away orders, emergency protective orders and orders after hearing,
* assessment of and strategies for identifying and dealing with high-risk cases,
* asserting leadership on the front-line, including: risk- taking, courage, creative problem-solving,
* report writing that creates a common language and understanding of domestic violence, stalking and child abuse.
* values, attitudes and belief systems and the difficulties they pose in addressing domestic violence.
3B All agencies will convene and collaborate on inter-agency reviews on their effectiveness in addressing domestic violence in order to promote common understanding and problem solving, particularly in high-risk cases.
4A Each entity within the system will identify a point of accountability, specific goals and appropriate measures of performance, and a mechanism for initiating corrective action when performance goals aren't met.
4B A data gathering and reporting system that fills the need for meaningful performance measurement will be implemented. Statistics measuring domestic violence case volume and outcomes (see prototype, Appendix 2: National Bulletin on Domestic Violence) will be reported monthly to the DVCC and made available to the public.
4D A mechanism will be established that allows victims and advocates to raise questions or concerns on the handling of individual cases and for cases to receive a formal review that results in corrective action, as needed.
5A Immediately and ongoing, law enforcement agencies will conduct a complete review of the knowledge, values and beliefs of personnel at all levels regarding domestic violence and conduct training, supervision and counseling where gaps are identified.
5B As a part of any domestic violence contact, Patrol Officers will be directed to routinely educate, provide referrals and assist victims in protecting themselves escalation of violence.
5C Law Enforcement and the Human Services Department must implement a much closer and more coordinated working relationship regarding Child Protective Services (CPS/HSD).
5D A review of training and procedures on mutual arrests will be implemented immediately and ongoing.
5E If there is any personal involvement in domestic violence there will be no involvement in domestic violence case work.
6A All Law Enforcement agencies, courts, District Attorney's office
Staff, CPS/HSD, probation will provide clear policies and criteria on assignment of both sworn and non-sworn personnel, including:
* If there is any personal involvement in domestic violence there will be no involvement in domestic violence case work.
* Specific referrals to certified batterers' programs must be made and followed up.
* Extra protection must be provided for spouses, children or others who register a complaint.
6B The Courts, Law Enforcement Agencies, District Attorney and others in the system will examine their internal norms and standards re: domestic violence and correct any deficiencies, as needed.
9B There needs to be a much more comprehensive protocol covering referrals between Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services.
9D Victims will be provided an accurate picture of what's happened and what lies ahead at each point of contact with the investigation and prosecutorial process (24-hour availability of information is needed).
10A Establish standardized data collection for improved analysis of system performance and trends.
10C Successful disposition of a case must include:
* All victims of domestic violence will be notified prior to release of a batterer.
* All victims are educated re: options, recommendations and consequences of threatening actions by the batterer.
* A plan for coordinated support by agencies and a community of support.
10E Multi-disciplinary task forces will be established at three levels:
a) administrative/procedural, b) case review, c) community education. This may require changes in laws pertaining to confidentiality.
11A Law Enforcement Agencies will put a much greater emphasis on their role in violence prevention and intervention, including using every contact as an opportunity for education and referral. This also includes expanded follow-up contact with victims.
12ACertified translators will be provided in the courts and at all points of contact with the system. In the provision of translation services, there will be documentation of the translator by name, and identification of all services provided.
12B Certification of translators will include assurance of culture and gender compatibility.
10I Given sufficient evidence, cases will be built and prosecuted independent of victim participation.
12A Certified translators will be provided in the courts and at all points of contact with the system. In the provision of translation services, there will be documentation of the translator by name, and identification of all services provided.
12B Certification of translators will include assurance of culture and gender compatibility.


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