Florida State’s domestic violence effort goes national

By Karen Oeheme

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 5.27.35 AMPreventing violence begins at home. That’s the simple but crucial message to law-enforcement officers from the new National Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence.

The toolkit is a first-of-its-kind national initiative that aims to prevent domestic violence in the homes of criminal-justice officers. The centerpiece of the toolkit is an online training curriculum that is available free to law-enforcement agencies.

The Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University’s College of Social Work partnered with the state’s criminal-justice community to create the toolkit, which is based on a Florida pilot prevention program launched in 2009.

It gained national attention after more than 40,000 officers in the state completed the training and reported that they were learning and implementing prevention strategies to reduce officer-involved domestic violence. In October 2012, the Verizon Foundation funded the institute’s development of the national toolkit, drawing from the Florida model.

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