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Violence Vict. 2009;24(5):591-606.

The domestic violence home-visit intervention: impact on police-reported incidents of repeat violence over 12 months.

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National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.


The domestic violence home-visit intervention (DVHVI) provides home visits by police-advocate teams within 72-hours of domestic incident to provide safety, psychoeducation, mental health, legal, or additional police assistance. Clinical and police record data were collected for 512 cases, and repeat calls to the police were tracked for 12 months. Analyses revealed that women who engaged with the DVHVI were more likely to contact the police for subsequent events than those who received no or minimal DVHVI contact. Hispanic women served by Spanish-speaking advocate-officer teams were the most likely to utilize services and call the police for subsequent incidents.

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