COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE
Coordinated community response team development is a successful intervention effort to address domestic violence and sexual assault. Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Teams bring together professionals that respond to domestic violence and sexual assault in an effort to develop a climate within the community where victims are safe and batterers are held accountable.
The function of the CCR Team is to address changes within the criminal justice system in the community that they serve. Generally, a CCR Team is comprised of an assistant district attorney, law enforcement representatives, court personnel, probation and parole personnel, victim service providers, first responders, medical personnel, and batterers intervention program providers. The CCR Team develops protocols and procedures that enable agencies to work together. It provides an opportunity for professionals from different disciplines strategize, resolve problems, and make changes within the system in order to improve the community’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Specialist is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CCR Specialist provides ongoing training and technical assistance to thirty seven (37) teams throughout the State of Oklahoma.
The Training and Outreach Division has offered both introductory and advanced team trainings featuring national trainers.
Listed below are system-changing outcomes reported by CCR Teams throughout the state.
- Participation of victim advocates in "ride-alongs" with law enforcement.
- High risk team development.
- The development of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART).
- Development and implementation of an “on-scene advocate response”.
- Development of Stalking Protocols for law enforcement, 911 and communications, prosecution, advocates, and judicial professionals.
- Development of a handbook for victims of stalking.
- Tracking and monitoring of the perpetrators through the criminal justice system.
- Development of a Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Training Manual.
- Development and implementation strategies to better serve Spanish-speaking victims
- Development of information packets in English and Spanish that law enforcement can provide victims on the scene.
- Development of sexual assault information packets that law enforcement officers, sexual assault nurse examiners, or advocates can provide victims and/or their family members following a sexual assault.
- Development and implementation of law enforcement training complete with live scenarios and a mock trial.
- Launched a website “Silence Hides Violence”.
- Revision and distribution of Strangulation Checklist for law enforcement.
- Creation of a questionnaire for law enforcement to better aid prosecution with evidence-based prosecution.
- Addition of first responders to the teams membership.
- Development of a felony domestic violence court docket.
- Presentation of community awareness programs.
- Development of an Emergency Room Policy.
- Ongoing contact with media to increase public awareness and educate the community.
- Participation of two judges in a CCR Team meeting with an agreement to meet bi-annually to problem solve and discuss gaps in services.
The Coordinated Community Response Specialist can assist communities in developing a coordinated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault. To request technical assistance or to access other services, please contact:
Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
Training & Outreach Division
Sarah Samples - Coordinated Community Response Specialist
Allison Buckholts – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Prosecutor
405/264-5000 or DACTrainingandPublications@dac.state.ok.us
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