The Durham Integrated Domestic Violence Response System (DIDVRS) is a collaborative project that includes the Durham County Department of Social Services (DCDSS), the Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC), the Durham Police Department (DPD), Durham County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH), Exchange Family Center (EFC), and the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP). This project is currently funded through a cooperative agreement grant from the Family Violence and Prevention Services, Administration for Children and Families, to improve system collaboration among Durham community providers regarding their approaches, values, and assumptions when working across systems on behalf of abused parents and their children. The project is expected to result in improved outcomes for abused parents and children/youth exposed to Domestic Violence (DV) by: 1) improving the system and responses to abused parents and their children exposed to DV across Durham; 2) coordinating and providing new or enhanced residential and non-residential services for children and youth exposed to DV; and 3) enhancing evidence and practice-informed services, strategies, advocacy and interventions for children/youth exposed to DV.
DIDVRS includes a National Child Traumatic Stress Network affiliate (CCFH) that will deliver staged training in three key elements of technical assistance to partnering agencies: (1) building awareness of DV/family violence, (2) developing skills to screen for DV and its impact on children and make appropriate referrals, and (3) improving system collaboration between agencies to improve services delivered to families. By participating in DIDVRS trainings, first responders will be empowered to make appropriate referrals to the trauma-informed network of care, and will also improve their engagement with non-offending caregivers who have been abused. CCFP research scientists, Drs. Lawrence and Snyder-Fickler are conducting a comprehensive evaluation of this project which includes community-level, agency-level, and individual child and family outcomes to examine programmatic impacts.