Help Us End Domestic Violence Homicide

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Homicide is the fifth leading cause of death for women aged 18 to 44. In 2015 alone, 3,519 women and girls were killed. Husbands, boyfriends, and other intimate partners perpetrated more than half of these murders.

What is at stake is women’s ability to lead safe and productive lives—nothing less. We are parents of daughters who could be next; we are siblings of sisters who could be next; we are children of mothers who could be next. That thought—that heart-wrenching idea that your own loved one could be next—is a call to action like no other.

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is a local organization with a national responsibility to reduce domestic violence homicides across the country. By supporting our campaign, you will be a critical part of a proven, life-saving solution. It’s time to add #endDVhomicide to our national dialogue.

For 35 years the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has assisted families in crisis due to domestic violence. In 2002 we experienced firsthand the tragic homicide of a woman in our community. Dorothy was killed by her husband while desperately trying to leave him. Her murder forever changed our work, leaving us to ask ourselves...how were we going to prevent the next murder?

So working with Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell’s and Dr. Jill Messing, two leading researchers in the field of intimate partner homicide violence, we created an evidence-based, data-driven risk assessment instrument for use by law enforcement when they arrive on a domestic violence call. Our Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE) is designed to identify victims who are at the highest risk of intimate partner homicide and severe/near-lethal assault.

Using an 11-question screening, it documents a history of violence in the relationship and is attached to—and travels with—the police report. This allows for individualized intervention plans to be created by a Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT), which increases victim safety and holds offenders accountable.

Our instrument is something police officers are asking for because it SAVES LIVES.

Since launching DA-LE, we have replicated our success in various towns and cities around the United States, from small rural farming communities to large urban centers.

Our DA-LE instrument is:

  • Data-driven
  • Pragmatic
  • Low cost and
  • Effective

Our primary goal is a 50% reduction in homicides over the next ten years. For many communities, DA-LE is that next step. Our secondary goal is transforming systems to become more responsive by creating efficient processes for communication between police, courts, corrections, advocates and clinicians.

From 1994 – 2004 we experienced eight homicides in our service area. Since using risk assessment and DVHRT, there have been ZERO HOMICIDES. Our strategies WORK. With your help, we can replicate our success in more communities around the country.

We are asking for your help in raising our initial goal of $20,000. We will use the money from this campaign to train 250 police officers within one state among the 21 states currently requesting our assistance with this lifesaving instrument. If we exceed this goal with your generosity, we will then be able to train even more officers across the country.

The bottom line: Your support of our campaign will save lives.

 

Consider these staggering facts and be a critical part of our solution

 

We are grateful to all of the women and men who fight to end domestic violence. It is brave and necessary work and together, we can reduce domestic violence homicides nationwide. Your support WILL make a difference in saving the lives of women.

THANK YOU!!

~With gratitude from all of us at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

We’re very proud of our work, and we’re not the only ones!

  • The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center was selected by the Department of Justice to be a national technical assistance provider.
  • Vice President Joe Biden highlighted our DVHRT model at a White House Domestic Violence Awareness Month event and urged communities across the country to replicate our work.
  • Our CEO, Suzanne Dubus, was awarded the Champion of Change Award at the White House under President Obama.
  • Champion in Action Award, Citizens Bank and New England Cable News Network (NECN)
  • Spirit of Advocacy Award, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • And, we were featured in a high-profile piece in The New Yorker.

We appreciate all of the kind words we’ve received…

 

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