Coordinated Community Response

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV)'s core philosophy of a Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence is that domestic violence is a community problem and so requires the entire community to address the issue. Since their inception in Wisconsin in the mid-1980s, Coordinated Community Response (CCR) teams have brought together key players in community systems, usually on a county-wide basis, to develop strategies and procedures in systems response to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Many CCR teams begin with the criminal process in their coordination, but that is only one small piece of the community. Because the court is not a system that all victims choose to use, an effective CCR team will include members from schools, mental health and other health care providers, neighborhood centers, faith communities, county extension agencies, ethnic organizations, and many other groups. CCR must go beyond the legal system to truly create a wide network of support for victims, especially regarding communities of color, people with disabilities, and elders.

Each CCR team creates its own specific goals, but most CCRs have goals around these key areas:

  • Ensure a victim-centered response to violence and access to community resources
  • Hold offenders accountable
  • Ensure all communities, including underserved populations, affected by domestic violence have a voice and access to culturally appropriate responses
  • Promote a collective position on awareness of domestic violence as a community problem and a community responsibility to prevent domestic violence
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Selected Resources

CCR Toolkit

This joint publication of WCADV and WCASA is a collection of resources for establishing and/or maintaining a CCR Team. Materials include information on both Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

CCR Expansion Toolkit

NEW! The CCR Expansion Toolkit!

The Expansion Toolkit is meant to provide CCR teams with ideas for engaging additional “systems” in your coordinated community response; provide recommendations for fine-tuning aspects of your community’s response to better meet the needs of diverse populations, cultures, and life experiences; and provide new ideas for outreach and awareness.  By broadening the scope of CCR work beyond the legal system, this toolkit provides information and access to resources on a vast array of topics that may impact a survivor’s safety in your community. Click here

Wisconsin CCR Map

View by county/tribe of all Wisconsin domestic violence and sexual assault coordinated community response teams, coalitions, commissions, alliances, task forces or intervention projects.

CCR Overview Handouts - Domestic Violence

These handouts outline the concept of multidisciplinary collaboration and provide a foundation for understanding the needs, goals and implementation of CCR community work.

Wisconsin CCR, SART, I-Team Directory

Listing by county/tribe of all Wisconsin domestic violence and sexual assault coordinated community response teams, coalitions, commissions, alliances, task forces or intervention projects.

CCR Team Development Information
Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol and Resource Manual
Preventing Homicide: Milwaukee’s Lethality Assessment Program (Recorded 9/30/2014)

Milwaukee County has embarked on an exciting initiative to implement the Maryland Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) county-wide.  The LAP is an emerging best practice to teach police officers the indicators of potentially lethal domestic violence and victim risk assessment techniques, and implement a follow up protocol that connects high lethality risk victims with an advocate while officers are still on the scene.  

Dr. Jackie Campbell conducted an extensive study which revealed that only 4%  of women victims of DV homicide or attempted homicide had ever sought shelter at a domestic violence program, despite the fact that such services are a protective factor against DV homicide.  The LAP, developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, works to close that gap and connect high-risk victims to life-saving advocacy services from the moment they reach out to police.  The protocol can also be adapted for use by other first responders, such as emergency room doctors.

The presentation slides can be printed either as full-sized powerpoint slides (one slide per page) or a handout with three slides per page.  Links are below. 

To view and listen, click HERE