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Evaluation of a Coordinated Response to Domestic Violence

In 1997, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department received funding support from the Department of Justice to implement a centralized domestic violence (DV) unit. The objectives of the Sheriff's grant included the development of a coordinated response to DV that would result in increased accountability for offenders and enhanced safety of victims.

In October 1998, SANDAG's Criminal Justice Research Division was selected by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct a process evaluation to describe and document how the DV unit was implemented.

Building on an already formed partnership with the Sheriff's Department, SANDAG documented efforts to train deputies, use of the automated tracking system, and activities designed to improve services for victims.

Research tasks included attending DV unit meetings and department trainings, reviewing program documentation, and conducting interviews with unit staff. A primary goal was the development of indicators that best measure the effectiveness of the specialized DV unit.

An advisory group, including representatives from the San Diego District Attorney, the San Diego City Attorney, a nationally known expert on domestic violence training, deputies from the DV unit, members of the research team, and victim advocates, was formed to provide input and oversight for the project.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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