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Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCR) is community based teams that work to improve response to domestic violence and sexual assault to ensure victim safety and offender accountability. Teams work collaboratively to conduct assessments and develop protocols designed to address the challenges they identify.
CCRs are multi-disciplinary. Victim advocates, survivors, SANE nurses, county social service and economic support personnel, law enforcement officers, pre-trial service personnel, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel, probation and parole officers and community leaders to work together to craft solutions to overcome the problem of crimes of violence against women including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. All entities collaborate to ensure that victim safety is a paramount consideration in developing their strategies. DOJ’s Violence Against Women Program provides technical assistance to CCRs.
Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. CCRs serve a valuable role in problem-solving areas of particular concern such as:
Examining the capacity of economic support programs to foster victim safety
Examining and supporting the capacity and sustainability of not-for profit, non-governmental community based advocacy programs
Encouraging or mandating the arrest of domestic violence offenders based on probable cause that an offense has been committed, avoidance of dual arrest, and the arrest of domestic violence offenders who violate the terms of a valid and outstanding protection order
Examining temporary restraining order/restraining order procedures to remove obstacles to victim safety including dual orders
Improving the tracking of cases involving domestic violence and dating violence including family court outcomes
Involving judges in criminal court and other adjudication processes (including juvenile courts) in eliminating the re-victimization of crime victims in both court practice and judicial handling of domestic violence cases
CCRs are also a valuable body of expertise when examining areas of particular concern in Sexual Assault such as:
Assessing actual levels of occurrence of the sexual assault in the community including information from all first responders including clergy and private practice counselors.
Assessing the availability of victim advocates at all stages of the reporting and recovery process
Including victims and survivors in determining appropriate services required to promote healing and avoid re-victimization
Assessing the level of reporting sexual assault crimes to criminal justice agencies versus non-reporting
Determining the number of, and reason for, “unfounded cases”
Determining the disposition of cases reporting to law enforcement agencies and those referred to the District Attorney