Ensure survivors in Hamilton County receive immediate trauma-informed care on-scene, disrupting typical barriers and strengthening support to survivors to access services and develop a plan for safety to reduce re-victimization and, ultimately, prevent domestic violence homicide.
With Impact 100 funds Women Helping Women will:
Expand the DVERT program. DVERT is an existing program piloted since February 2018 that began by partnering with City of Cincinnati police on domestic violence incident (DVI) response calls. These crisis intervention services are ongoing with the goal of DVERT Advocates providing survivors with immediate short-term assistance to restore stability and aims to reduce the long-term effects of abuse. Advocates respond 24/7, 365 days through a hotline and to 20 hospitals. Afterwards they provide core advocacy services such as court accompaniment, law enforcement advocacy and others in partnership with the Police Departments and social service agencies.
WHW uses two key outcomes identified by the US Department of Health and Human Services:
- Survivors will develop a plan of action to deal with their crisis (customized safety plan).
- Survivors will gain knowledge of resources available to assist them in their trauma. Advocates assess for these two (2) outcome measures at the completion of the crisis intervention. Due to its initial success, three additional jurisdictions were added (North College Hill, Delhi Township and Norwood Police) to the DVERT program and all reached 100% usage by the end of 2019.
Impact 100 monies will be used to invest in an expansion of DVERT into Hamilton County areas of Green Township and the city of Cheviot. The funding request is primarily for Advocates’ salaries/wages/benefits, client assistance for survivors, travel/mileage for Advocates, and printing of resource cards for survivors. The proposed annual expansion project is estimated at $100.000+.