The Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center launched the country’s first Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) in Newburyport, MA in 2005.  DVHRT uses evidence-based risk assessment to alert the domestic violence response system when a case has a high risk of turning lethal. 

Once a high risk case is identified, a multi-disciplinary team of domestic violence advocates, local law enforcement, prosecutors, probation, corrections, and other community based organizations implements case specific intervention plans to mitigate the immediate danger.  Led by Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, the DVHRT provides a practical forum to share critical, case specific information.  This close cooperation between team members closes gaps in the system that once allowed a predictable intimate partner homicide to occur.

The DVHRT framework is built on four fundamental strategies:

  • Early identification of high-risk cases using risk assessment
  • Engagement of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ongoing monitoring and management of high-risk offenders
  • Engaging victims in services

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To learn more about Domestic Violence High-Risk Teams visit or read the New Yorker article, "A Raised Hand".



Can a new approach curb domestic homicide?
by Rachel Louise Snyder in The New Yorker, July 22, 2013