A year-long domestic violence training program kicks off in Atascosa and Karnes Counties. The Institute for Coordinated Community Response brings free education to advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors.
The third training cohort of the Institute for Coordinated Community Response (ICCR), a program of the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), offers a full year of free training, technical assistance and networking opportunities to rural Texas counties in order to improve their collaborative response to domestic violence. Teams from Atascosa and Karnes Counties are participating in this year’s cohort, along with five other counties across the state: Kleberg, Lamar, Milam, Roberts and Willacy.
“Texas will never be a safe place until we ensure every corner of our great state has access to consistent, high-quality domestic violence training and resources,” said Jan Langbein, CEO of CCAW and Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. “We applaud our ICCR teams for taking a stand against this epidemic and committing to looking closely at their own practices to ensure justice for victims and accountability for offenders.”
“We are excited to work with each of the below 2021 ICCR team members from Atascosa and Karnes Counties, and look forward to seeing their progress towards eradicating domestic violence: Atascosa County: Jessi Chia, Patrol Sgt., Pleasanton Police Department; Audrey Louis, District Attorney, Bradlee Thornton, Asst. District Attorney, Katie Quinney, Victim Assistance Coordinator, 81st District Attorney’s Office and Rhonda Williamson, Executive Director, Safer Path Family Violence Shelter.”
One in three Texas women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime—higher than the national average of one in four—and women in rural communities are often in even more danger due to geographic isolation, lack of resources, virtually no anonymity and other barriers to seeking help. Recognizing this, ICCR’s goal is to empower rural communities across the state to create and sustain a holistic, all-encompassing community response that works to close existing gaps in the system to provide more comprehensive support to victims of domestic violence.
In addition to receiving robust training on collaboration and domestic violence responses, the county-based teams— made up of a law enforcement officer, a prosecutor and an advocate—will identify their communities’ unique strengths and areas for growth using Praxis International’s Best Practice Assessment, a structured process that uses case reviews to examine the impact of current policies and procedures on victims and determine what type of systemic, multi-layered approach to domestic violence may best serve their communities.