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Innovative Responses to Reducing Repeat Domestic Violence

Award Information

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Awardee County
San Diego
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $596,875)

The Smart Policing Initiative seeks to build upon the concepts of offender-based and place-based policing and broaden the knowledge of effective policing strategies. The most convincing research demonstrates that place-based or hot-spot policing reduces violent crime and neighborhood disorder. This initiative addresses the need for effective policing that requires a tightly focused, collaborative approach that is measurable, based on sound, detailed analysis and includes policies and procedures for accountability. This grant program seeks to build upon data-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state and local law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime within their jurisdictions.

The City of Chula Vista, Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) will utilize Smart Policing Initiative funding to reduce the frequency and harms of domestic violence (DV) in the City of Chula Vista. DV is the second most common type of call for service in Chula Vista, and exceeds the combined total of all robbery, residential burglary, vehicle theft, and vehicle burglary calls. While DV dominates the police workload, more importantly, it harms the community, with deep and lasting effects on individuals and their families. The CVPD will use a problem-solving model to reduce the frequency of DV. The CVPD will conduct a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the problem. This problem analysis will include a literature review, interviews with victims and offenders, surveys of officers, an intensive analysis of in-house data, and an assessment of the effectiveness of current local criminal justice and community service practices. Based on the analysis findings, CVPD will develop an evidence-based, multi-disciplinary, tiered response to DV calls for service based on the likelihood of a repeat incident.


Date Created: September 8, 2013