The Domestic Violence Responder Program is a joint effort of Crisis Services of North Alabama and the Huntsville Police Department. The program is an innovative venture designed to bring help to victims and accountability to abusers.
The DV Responder Program pairs victim advocates with patrol officers, creating a proactive force to combat and reduce domestic violence in the community. Specially-trained advocates provide on-the-scene support for adult victims and children exposed to abuse. Advocates are able to connect, intercede, and offer various support options at the time of crisis. Through this proactive approach, victims are reached who might otherwise be reluctant to seek shelter or support services. In the past, these victims often fell through the cracks and tended to endure numerous assaults before seeking help. Special emphasis is placed on children who are living in the household. Advocates intercede on their behalf and direct them to various services designed to help children exposed to violence.
The DV Responder Program Coordinator teams with investigators and operates from the office of the Huntsville Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit. The advocates can't ride along to every DV call, but she reviews cases and attempts to contact each reporting victim by phone or in person to discuss safety issues and reiterate support options. Ongoing support is provided for victims entangled in potentially life-threatening relationships.
Domestic Violence Responders
If you are interested in becoming a DV First Responder or would like more information about us, please contact CSNA's Volunteer Coordinator at (256) 716-4052 or click here to find out how to volunteer.