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.
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
Ms. Ellie Kerstetter, Co-Chair
Greg Fischer, Mayor Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Mark Bolton, Director, Louisville Metro Corrections Department
Judge Brian Edwards, 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
Daniel T. Goyette, Director, Louisville/Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation
President David James, President of Metro Council
Designee: Ms. Becky Lamb, Metro Council Representative
Ms. Kim Allen, Director, Criminal Justice Commission
David L. Nicholson, Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk
Col. John Aubrey, Jefferson County Sheriff
Ms. Tina Ward-Pugh, Director, Louisville Metro Office for Women
Ms. Christie Atkinson, Cabinet for Families and Children, Adult Protective Services
Ms. Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, President, Center for Women and Families
Mr. Matt Veroff, LCSW, Court Ordered Batterers Program
Mr. 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
Ms. Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place
Dr. Renee Campbell, Wesley House
Ms. Carol Cobb, Citizen Representative
Dr. Linda Bledsoe, Citizen Representative
Dr. Bill Smock, Citizen Representative
Ms. Marcia Roth, Citizen Representative