Chula Vista, California
Reducing Repeat Domestic Violence Through Offender- and Patrol-Based Strategies
In 2012, the City of Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) officers spent more than 8,100 hours responding to more than 3,600 domestic violence (DV) and domestic disturbance (DD) calls. The number of DV/DD calls in the city exceeded the combined total of all robbery, residential burglary, vehicle theft, and vehicle burglary calls. Although the raw number of all calls to CVPD declined 14 percent, the number of DV calls remained essentially unchanged prior to SPI intervention. In response, CVPD decided to incorporate a focused-deterrence approach to enhance patrol responses in hot spot DV/DD call areas and engage community stakeholders in the process. The initiative was evaluated through a quasi-experimental study.
- Many domestic disturbance (DD)/domestic violence (DV) calls for service are repeat calls involving the same offenders, victims, and places.
- Preliminary findings show that the intervention resulted in a significant drop in DV crimes at treatment locations.