Multidisciplinary Team Established in Oneida County to Prevent Domestic Violence
UTICA, N.Y. (Sept. 29, 2021) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference yesterday to unveil the Oneida County Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DV HRT).
The DV HRT uses evidence-based risk assessments with survivors of intimate partner violence to identify high-risk cases. The team is a multidisciplinary effort with the common goal to reduce the number of domestic violence homicides and near-lethal assaults in Oneida County.
Team members include the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, YWCA
Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV), and local court personnel.
“It is an honor to be part of this revolutionary team,” says YWCA MV CEO Dianne Stancato. “This level of teamwork is essential in order to complete our mission to erase domestic violence from our community.”
The team also provides on-scene connections to services like advocacy and accompaniment
through YWCA MV. High-risk cases are monitored by team members to build and implement case specific intervention plans to minimize potential danger.
Since the foundation of the DV HRT in June, members have completed 552 risk assessments and determined that 13% of cases qualify as high-risk. Of those high-risk cases, 100% have been connected to YWCA MV for crisis services. Law enforcement partners have also made four arrests after DV HRT follow-up.
The DV HRT is made possible by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, The Community Foundation, Kristin’s Fund, and YWCA MV.