1. Introduction

In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that multiple agencies working together are the only way to reduce domestic violence. Most local authorities have a Domestic Violence Forum or Task Group, which is often a sub group of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP). Many agencies, workers and practitioners are now, or will be, specialised in working with the intricacies and subtleties often seen in domestic violence cases.

The Coordinated Community Response (CCRM) to domestic violence acknowledges that, while each agency maintains its independence, all agencies involved must work in an integrated and coordinated way with each other to achieve:

•    An increase in the safety of domestic violence survivors

•    An increase in the safety of children who live with domestic violence

•    Holding abusers accountable for their actions

•    Effective prevention strategies

•    A system where the onus of holding abusers accountable lies with service providers, and the wider community, rather than the survivor.


A coordinated community response ensures that the criminal justice system serves the needs of all victims providing effective sanction against abusers and acting as a deterrent to future abusers. However, the criminal justice system is just one aspect a fully functioning coordinated approach particularly when only a small number of victims report to the police and only a percentage of these cases will carry through into court. Health, children’s services, schools, faith groups, the wider community of family, friends and work colleagues, as well as the plethora of voluntary agencies which support individuals and families all have an important role to play in the response to domestic violence.

The model has been encapsulated in a diagram which can be accessed here

It should be accompanied by an overview of how the model came about and gives detailed explanation of each layer of the model represented by the various circles, click here to access the overview.

Further information relating to this model, its history and how it has been implemented in practice in the USA can be found at Section 11.1

Also note that on 5th May 2006 the responsibilities of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) transferred to the Department for Communities and Local Government.