The Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (DVPCC) was established through ordinance in 1996. It was charged with the general purpose: to improve interagency cooperation and communication in the area of domestic violence and abuse; to promote effective prevention, intervention, and treatment techniques which is developed based upon research and data collection; and to improve the response to domestic violence and abuse so as to reduce incidents thereof.
Members of the Council are appointed by the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Mayor. Membership of the Council includes the elected leaders and policy makers within the local criminal justice system, citizens, treatment providers, legislators, social service providers, attorneys, domestic violence and sexual assault victim program providers, medical professionals, etc. The Council meets approximately four times a year. To assist the Council in its work, ongoing committees have been formed.
- The Interagency Committee: This Committee was set up to serve as a tool for ongoing information sharing, problem-solving, and to assist in program research and development. Members the Committee are the prosecutors, detectives, victim advocates, judges, service providers, etc. who work on this issue on a day-to-day basis. During meetings, members discuss problems within the system and work together to find solutions. New ideas for programs are considered and methods for implementation are examined.
- The Fatality Review Committee: The purpose of the Fatality Review Committee is to identify areas and means by which to increase and enhance coordinated agency and community responses to domestic violence through a systems-review approach by conducting multidisciplinary and multi-agency examinations of domestic violence fatalities. Members of this Committee are those with information to share regarding a particular incident, including, social services reports, court documents, police records, autopsy reports, mental health records, hospital or medical related data, and any other information that may have a bearing on the case under review.
- Community Assessment Steering Committee: This Committee was onvened to facilitate the prioritization and implementation of the recommendations provided in the Community Assessment Report.
To view The Louisville Metro System Response to Domestic Violence: Assessment, Evaluation, and Recommendations Report click here.
To view the 2015-2016 Fatality Review Committee Report click here.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION COORDINATING COUNCIL MEMBERS
Chief Steve Conrad, Co-Chair, Louisville Metro Police Department
Ellie Kerstetter, Co-Chair
Greg Fischer, Mayor Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Dwayne Clark, Director, Louisville Metro Corrections Department
Judge Angela Bisig, Chief Judge, Jefferson Circuit Court
Judge Anne Haynie, Chief Judge, Jefferson District Court
Judge Tara Hagerty, Chief Judge Jefferson Family Court
Thomas Wine, Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney
Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney
Dan Fountain, Director, Kentucky Probation and Parole
Leo Smith, Director, Louisville/Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation
President David James, President of Metro Council
David L. Nicholson, Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk
Col. John Aubrey, Jefferson County Sheriff
Tina Ward-Pugh, Director, Louisville Metro Office for Women
Dr. Ursula Mullins, Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services
Crystal Wilder, Cabinet for Families and Children, Adult Protective Services
Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, President, Center for Women and Families
Leo Hobbs, Court Ordered Batterers Program
Bert Guinn, Jefferson County Medical Society;
Dr. Joe Bargione, Jefferson County School Board
Jeffrey Donohue, Jefferson County Legislative Delegation
Dr. William Ralston, State Medical Examiner
Barbara Weakley-Jones, Jefferson County Coroner
Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place
Marcia Roth, Community Assessment Steering Committee Chair
Shelley Santry, Citizen Representative
Karina Barillas, La Casita Center
Patti Klika, Commonwealth Sign
Shannon Derrick, Citizen Representative
James Wilkerson, Citizen Representative
Jerry Bowles, Fatality Review Committee Co-Chair
Nicole Carroll, Interagency Committee Co-Chair
Ingrid Geiser, Interagency Committee Co-Chair
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