Stop Abuse of Individuals and Families
Domestic Violence Risk Assessments available immediately • IPV sessions – Men’s group intervention
SCV Restorative Justice (SCVRJ) provides risk assessments and domestic violence offender programming to address the harms caused to local individuals and families. SCVRJ hopes to improve accessibility and options within our local community. SAIF (Stop Abuse of Individuals and Families) programming is separate from our Restorative Justice intervention sessions. SAIF services focus on meeting offenders where they are at, providing assessments and cognitive-based group work, as a part of a Collaborative, Community-Based Response to intimate partner and domestic violence.
SCVRJ SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR INTIMATE PARTNER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES:
While the Restorative Justice philosophy represents an important perspective in addressing criminal behavior, our organization believes that not all practices associated with restorative justice principles are appropriate in cases of intimate partner domestic violence. SCVRJ does not attempt to restore the relationships between abusers and victims of domestic violence. Victim-offender conferencing could place domestic violence victims in greater danger because conferencing is based on the premise of equal partners entering into discussion to reach agreements, and the power relationships between partners in which domestic violence occurs, are not equal. In addition, the use of community stakeholders within a domestic conference could place domestic violence victims in greater peril, because conference stakeholders may not fully understand the dynamics of domestic violence and might recommend actions that unintentionally jeopardize victim safety.
Refer to SAIF
Assessment – Intimate Partner Violence Offenders
Lethality and Recidivism Risk
SCV Restorative Justice offers victim-centric assessments to address lethality and recidivism risk in cases of conflict or violence against intimate partners. The accused or sentenced offender is placed into a risk category. While low-risk scores suggest a decreased likelihood of recidivism, high-risk scores can provide insight into an increased likelihood of repeat offenses. Risk levels may help predict timelines for repeat offenses, the frequency of repeat offenses and overall escalation level or lethality. While domestic violence assessments can be ordered alone, an assessment is a mandatory component of the screening and intake process for domestic offender treatment programs.
Assessments rely on criminal records and specific factors to predict the likelihood of future offenses. Key items determining risk-levels address both domestic and non-domestic criminal history, threats and containment, as well as children in the relationship and barriers to victim support. Research evidences that these items are the strongest predictors of domestic or intimate-partner violence recidivism. This information can allow for better decision-making and awareness for stakeholders in the criminal justice system.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Program
Domestic Violence Offender Program
SCV Restorative Justice provides a psycho-educational program operating in a group format, with licensed facilitators. Our program is focused on those who perpetrate intimate partner violence, serving as one component of a Community-Based response to domestic abuse. Our main goals are to:
- Address the on-going safety needs of victims;
- Hold abusive individuals accountable for their choice to engage in abusive and/or controlling behavior;
- Facilitate the development of skills and beliefs that support a non-violent lifestyle, which promote healthy relationships.
Each referred individual will have an assessment as part of the intake process.
Coordinated Community Response
SCVRJ is committed to a community-based response to end intimate partner violence. To the extent possible, we work to form collaborative processes toward a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to end the violence. CCR teams address domestic and intimate partner violence and sexual assault as community issues. Community stakeholders develop strategies and procedures to improve the local multi-system response, working to provide support to victims and survivors while sending a message to perpetrators that the community will do everything it can to protect the victim.
The complete toolkit is available through End Abuse Wisconsin. The toolkit provides groundwork, considerations for establishment and suggested activities and action ideas, as well as state and national resources.
There are resources available, including options for safety planning, through the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Live chat options are available through the website.
Local victim services are available through Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. Turningpoint provides crisis shelter, sexual assault crisis support, legal system support, advocacy, prevention education, and support groups. The free and confidential crisis line can be reached by calling 1-800-345-5104 or texting 715-821-8626.