Get Involved With Your Local CCR Team

Without a Coordinated Community Response, victims of domestic violence are often not connected with the services and assistance that they need. It is the work of CCR's that has the potential to ensure a focus on improving safety for battered women and their children, while holding abusers accountable for their actions, and work toward the social change that will end domestic violence. Check the CCR directory to find the contact for the multidisciplinary team in your county.

Take the Initiative!

  • Pursue the development of a CCR in your community
  • Take leadership and set an example in your agency, church or civic groups to become educated about domestic violence and the needs of victims in your area
  • Let your elected officials know that domestic violence is worth their time and attention and you expect them to work collaboratively to address it in your community
  • Help to plan events that provide domestic violence education for community systems such as schools, health care and criminal justice

Keys to Maintaining Thriving Teams:

  • Continually work on building effective working relationships among current and new team members
  • Continue to track and monitor the systems and other changes that have been instituted
  • Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the team as it exists:Do members of the team have a shared understanding of the mission? To what degree have efforts increased communication among stakeholders? 
  • Continually broaden the focus of the team:If a team has begun with the criminal justice system, broaden to the civil legal system, family courts, health care, victim services, outreach, community education, prevention, etc.

For ideas on how to take these initiatives, contact WCADV’s Community Response and Homicide Prevention Coordinator: Email

Selected Resources

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

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
Recorded Webinar-The Neurobiology of Trauma: Understanding Victim Behavior

For this webinar, Olga Trujillo combines her lived experience of violence with the science of trauma and violence on the brain to help participants explore how they may enhance their trauma-informed responses. This session examines the struggles criminal justice professionals face in handling domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases and explores efforts that can be undertaken to improve their ability to investigate these cases and assess credibility.

Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 26 years has been as an attorney and as a consultant to many local, state and national organizations.  Olga is featured in the video “A Survivor’s Story”, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Her numerous articles and publications include “The Sum of My Parts," a 2011 memoir for New Harbinger Publications,  and “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges,” 2012 Handbook for Attorneys, which she co-authored.  Olga currently writes a blog for Psychology Today.

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.