A coordinated community response (CCR) can “significantly enhance the effectiveness of the community's response to domestic violence.” From Linda A. McGuire, Criminal Prosecution of Domestic Violence. CCR as an intervention strategy was developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) in Duluth, MN. DAIP discovered that when different agencies and members of the community worked together, efforts to enhance protection for victims of domestic violence, and to hold offenders accountable, were more successful. The coordination helps to “ensure that the system works faster and better for victims, that victims are protected and receive the services they need, and that batterers are held accountable..” http://www.stopvaw.org/Coordinated_Community_Response.html
The following numbers highlight the need for a continued CCR to make our community safer for Maine citizens and their families.
Massachusetts Dept. of Youth Services 1985
Maine Dep’t of Labor/Family Crisis Services 2004 Victim Study
“All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing.”