Protecting Victims Through Community Supervision of Intimate Partner Abusers
Contracting Agency: Office on Violence Against Women

Intimate partner domestic violence is among the most prevalent forms of violence in the United States, resulting in more than half a million crimes against women annually (Catalano, Smith, Snyder, and Rand, 2009). At year end 2008 there were nearly 86,000 adults on probation for a domestic violence offense in United States (Glaze and Bonczar, 2009). Research shows that proactive community corrections responses in domestic violence (DV) cases can reduce recidivism, increase the time between arrests among abusers, and increase the satisfaction of victims (Klein and Crowe, 2008).

The goal of this project is to build the capacity of community corrections personnel in tribal and non-tribal jurisdictions to respond more effectively to domestic violence cases through a variety of training programs designed to develop expertise and skills in promoting victim safety and offender accountability. Through this project, APPA and its partner organizations, the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), Mending the Sacred Hoop (MSH), the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) and the Safe Return Initiative of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), will provide basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level training to community corrections staff, and will develop and deliver specialized training and technical assistance for tribal probation staff.

Deliverables for this project include:

  • A CD-ROM learning tool on the fundamentals of domestic violence and implications for community corrections;
  • An 8-hour online training program on implementing guidelines for community supervision of domestic violence cases;
  • A training event for multi-disciplinary jurisdictional teams on implementation of the APPA guidelines for community supervision of domestic violence cases and ongoing technical assistance;
  • A training event on advanced skills development for community corrections officers supervising DV offenders and working with domestic violence victims;
  • A guide for tribal probation professionals on supervising DV cases; and
  • Training events for tribal probation staff on supervising domestic violence offenders.

Preference for participation in the training programs will be given to jurisdictions receiving OVW funding for the following program purpose areas: Community Defined Solutions/Grants to Encourage Arrests Program; Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Child Victimization Enforcement Assistance Program; STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program; and Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program.

Available Products

See also, APPA Domestic Violence Project Website and CD-ROM Training program: Domestic Violence and the Role of Community Corrections

Project Contact
Tracy Mullins
Deputy Director
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 244-8215
Fax: (859) 244-8001

Prior Project Manager
Carrie Abner
Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association