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|Title||The Clinton County Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (DART) - August 1999-Clinton County, New York|
Hale, Margaret M.
|Pub. Date||Aug 11, 2000|
|Abstract||The section of the report on project environment provides an overview of the demographics of the county and the criminal justice system, including its policies for handling domestic-violence cases. A review of New York State law pertinent to domestic violence is also provided. A description of grant development and implementation indicates the grant proposal featured a unique partnership between the Department of Probation; the District Attorney's Office; and Stop Domestic Violence (STOP), the nonprofit agency that serves batterers and victims. Under the grant proposal, funding would be used to hire or promote an individual to work out of the District Attorney's Office in handling follow-up investigations of domestic violence cases and provide training to local law enforcement officers on the needs of the District Attorney's Office regarding evidence collection, lethality assessment, primary aggressor recognition, and the dual arrest philosophy. Funds would also be used to hire or promote a specialized probation officer to supervise a caseload of batterers and conduct presentence investigations for all domestic violence convictions. Grant money would also be used to hire or promote a victim's (legal) advocate to work out of the STOP office to contact each victim identified on a domestic Incident Report. The aforementioned individuals would meet weekly with the Task Force coordinator as the Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (DART) to share information, review pending cases, and educate themselves. Other grant funds were used for equipment purchases. The continuation grant requested ongoing funding for the existing DART staff and the hiring of five additional staff. Programmatic goals were to implement mandatory arrest or proarrest programs and policies in police departments, develop policies and training programs in police departments to improve the tracking of domestic-violence cases, and to strengthen the legal advocacy service programs for domestic-violence victims. source|
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