Pioneering Approach to Domestic Violence Saves Lives

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Massachusetts-based Domestic Violence High Risk Team has successfully helped to protect victims. (Svetlana Lukienko/Shutterstock)

For more than 15 years, South Carolina has taken a national ranking no state would be proud of. The state is among the top 10 when it comes to domestic violence and the number of women murdered by men.

See Also: 'Til Death Do Us Part': South Carolina's Domestic Violence Epidemic

But domestic violence homicide isn’t specific to the Palmetto State. Communities across the country have struggled with the best way to protect victims from violent partners.

Over the last decade, domestic violence crisis centers in the small Massachusetts towns of Newburyport and Amesbury have developed one of the most successful domestic violence homicide prevention programs in the country, in conjunction with local police, hospitals, and the courts.

Kelly Dunne began developing the program, known as the Domestic Violence High Risk Team, in 2005. As Dunne, the Chief Operating Officer of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, tells The Takeaway's John Hockenberry, not a single one of the domestic violence cases managed by the team has ended in homicide.


Kelly Dunne

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Caroline from NJ/USA

It's difficult to figure out, but Liberal, and more Progressive people are less fearful,seems to me, nor do they need to control everyone. We are all human beings, but Conservatives want to control everyone. I am not surprised women's rights are more closely guarded in the majority of New England society. Hopefully, more will follow. If we are not jerry-mandered to death

Aug. 21 2014 12:46 PM

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