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Universal Response to Domestic Violence Project

The Universal Response to Domestic Violence Project seeks to develop and maintain a coordinated response to domestic violence through collaboration, problem solving and partnership between a variety of agencies in Dutchess County.  The Project’s Steering Committee consists of representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Office of Probation and Community Corrections, Department of Social Services, Family Court, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Beacon Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Grace Smith House, Family Services Inc’s Domestic Violence Services, Family Services Inc’s Domestic Abuse Awareness Classes, House of Hope, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Office of Mental Hygiene, and Legal Services.  The Universal Response to Domestic Violence Project employs a Project Coordinator who is the liaison between the various agencies and systems that deal with domestic violence to facilitate collaboration.  This innovative project was created in 1994.

 

Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)

Domestic Abuse Response Team is a collaborative model project with Domestic Violence Services, Law Enforcement and the Dutchess County District Attorneys office to provide direct advocacy and services to victims of domestic violence within the criminal justice system. It is part of the Universal Domestic Violence Coordinated Response.

There are three DART jurisdictions in Dutchess County; City of PoughkeepsieTown of Poughkeepsie and the City of Beacon.

Each team works together to increase victim’s safety and offender accountability and address gaps in the system.  The teams are dedicated to providing comprehensive direct services to victims of domestic violence throughout Dutchess County.  Members of the team include, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Beacon Police Department, the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office, Department of Probation and Community Corrections, Family Services, and other service providers based upon need. 

 

High Risk Case Management

The High Risk Case Management Project provides comprehensive case management to victims of domestic violence that are identified to be in a highly lethal situation. Victims are screened using research based lethality assessments and referred to the case management project based on the outcome. Any community agency can refer a victim to the project. Comprehensive case management includes frequent safety planning, counseling, and advocacy. The project also identifies system gaps and reports to the High Risk Team. The High Risk Team is a multi-disciplinary team that addresses highly lethal cases of domestic violence in Dutchess County with the goal of improving victim safety, offender accountability, and system response.