CITY OF EVANSTON,
Domestic Violence Reduction Unit
Evanston's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) was established in November, 1995, to intervene in family violence situations, to break the cycle of violence and to prevent recurrence or escalation of family violence. Most importantly, DVRU works to assist victims in the initial steps needed to begin a violence-free life.
The DVRU consists of police detectives, social workers and advocates working together to give high priority to reports of domestic violence. The unit reviews reports of domestic violence on a daily basis as soon as possible after the reported incident. After reviewing the reports and talking with the victim, a determination is made of what additional follow-up investigation, if any, is needed. Follow-up includes pursuing of criminal prosecution, obtaining Orders of Protection and finding safe shelter for victims and families of domestic violence.
When reviewing cases, the DVRU pays special attention to those situations involving the following criteria:
In addition to conducting follow-up investigations of domestic violence related reports, DVRU is responsible for:
The DVRU has one police investigator assigned to it, as well as 2 civilian advocates and one student intern actively involved in the program.
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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