Domestic Abuse Response Team
Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team
To facilitate development of its Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence, the county formed the Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.). D.A.R.T. is comprised of front line workers and mid-level managers from the project agencies. The D.A.R.T. is advised by the Loudoun Domestic Violence Steering Committee, which consists of county agency directors, local department heads as well as the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judges.
The Loudoun D.A.R.T. endeavors to ensure collaboration with project and community partners regarding information sharing, mutual problem solving, victim safety issues, offender accountability as well as accountability within the criminal justice system. The team has developed protocols that ensure clear and expeditious lines of communication within the justice system as well as encourage the legal exchange of critical information that should lead to uniform and consistent responses to domestic and family violence.
D.A.R.T. Mission Statement
The mission of the D.A.R.T. is to ensure the safety of victims and families, and to increase offender accountability through consistent collaboration with our interagency and community partners; and to promote awareness and education about the pervasive effects of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse through training, intervention, and rehabilitation.
Coordinated Community Response
The Coordinated Community Response (CCR) model of domestic violence illustrates the inter-relationship of agencies and levels of response for addressing domestic violence. It recognizes that no one agency can deal effectively and safely with the effects of domestic violence, but rather a collaborative approach is best.
Loudoun County has developed a coordinated community response (CCR) to domestic violence through the collaborative efforts of its project partners.
The project partners include:
- Commonwealth's Attorneys' Office
- Juvenile Court Services Unit
- Leesburg Police Department
- Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)
- Loudoun County Department of Community Corrections
- Loudoun County Department Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services
- Loudoun County Department of Family Services
- Loudoun County Public Schools
- Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
- Victim Witness Program