Lessons from Duluth and Beyond

CWASU at London Metropolitan University organised this event with Hestia, on 6th June 2017, attended by more than 200 people at LondonMet’s stunning Great Hall.  The event featured two representatives from leading domestic abuse prevention organisations in the United States, looking at the lessons learned from Community Coordinated Response (CCR) and perpetrator programmes.

PRESENTERS

Melissa Scaia, MPA, Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women, Co-Founder of Domestic Violence Turning Points, and former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programmes, the “Duluth Model”.

Scott Miller, Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Organizer for Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) in Duluth, Minnesota and coordinator of the Men’s Non-Violence Program at DAIP.

Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence originated in the early 1980s in Duluth, Minnesota with the twin aims of centering victim safety and holding male perpetrators to account.  In 2014, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), the city of Duluth and St. Louis County were awarded the “Gold Award” from the World Future Council and Inter-Parliamentary Union for the creation of the concept of a CCR.  It has become a ‘world travelling concept’, applied and adapted across different cultural contexts. In the UK, it is claimed as the basis of many of the multi-agency approaches that support victims of domestic abuse.

Session 1: The Coordinated Community Response

DAIP was able to establish through their CCR model that when the community puts their efforts together to protect women and hold perpetrators accountable they were more likely to be successful. Coordination meant that the process was not only more effective but also faster. A critical step for joint working would be a common understanding of domestic violence which was put forward in the Power and Control wheel model.

In this session we learnt about the effectiveness of the model, the challenges faced in its implementation and how it has developed throughout social and political changes.

Session 2: Working with perpetrators – the Duluth Model

Men’s nonviolence courses have become one of the most known elements of the Duluth Model, although the first groups were in Boston, with a methodology which requires men to explore the core of their actions and beliefs. This approach has inspired violence prevention work with men across the globe.

The session covered the key elements of the programme, problems it has faced for local implementation, its successes and how it has evolved within a coordinated response to domestic abuse.