In 2019, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department reported 560 domestic violence incidents (DIR) about 83% (465 of 560) of those calls are Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). IPV is an enormous problem; it ranks among the top calls for services to police departments and the effects of IPV are profoundly damaging to communities. IPV causes psychological harm and devastation to victims, devastates families, medical costs, trauma when children are exposed, and lost productivity at work.
To address this problem, Dutchess County has recently begun implementing the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI), starting with the City of Poughkeepsie. Developed by the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, IPVI is an offender-focused strategy designed to hold accountable the most serious and chronic offenders in our community who are known to law enforcement. With significant reductions in violence and recidivism after implementation in High Point, NC, IPVI intervenes where possible to prevent violence from continuing or escalating and uses enforcement where necessary to ensure community safety, all while creating a simultaneous connection to supportive services for victims. IPVI establishes strong norms against domestic violence, and communicates expectations for legal consequences, offers identified offenders’ resources to change their behavior, and supports survivors with the services they need to heal.
The strength of IPVI rests on close interagency local partnerships between law enforcement, prosecutors, probation, and social services provides, to focus on holding accountable the most serious and chronic offenders known to law enforcement. Dutchess County leads implementation of IPVI through a partnership with the:
- City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
- Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
- Dutchess County District Attorney
- Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections
- Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support
- Family Services Community Safety Programs
- Other law enforcement and social services agencies as needed, including federal partners
IPVI is the missing piece to reducing harm in our most vulnerable community members. By working together, Dutchess County sends a clear message that our community supports survivors, and will no longer stand for this violence.