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13 December 2018

Assessing the impact of a focused deterrence strategy to combat intimate partner domestic violence

This is an evaluation of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) which involves an evidence-based focused deterrence policing approach to combat intimate partner domestic violence (IPDV). The strategy is a multidisciplinary collaboration of law enforcement and community partners which has resulted in identification and resolving system issues which have historically allowed offenders to repeat IPDV without consequence. The evaluation showed that through holding offenders accountable, the strategy resulted in 20% reductions each in IPDV-related calls for police service and arrests. Victim injuries were also significantly reduced and the 1-year IPDV offender recidivism rate was about 16-17%.