CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CA
Mayor William G. Kleindienst

Domestic Violence Specialist

The Domestic Violence Specialist project began as a cooperative partnership between the Palm Springs Police Department and Shelter From the Storm. Shelter From the Storm is a local private agency providing services and resources to victims of domestic violence and their families.

The project expanded services by assigning a detective full-time to handle only domestic violence cases. A counselor from Shelter From the Storm has been assigned for 16 hours a week to provide counseling and follow-up services to domestic violence victims and their families. Nine patrol officers have been trained as Domestic Violence Specialists, and assist while on duty in patrol. These volunteers receive specialized training and are the first responders on domestic violence incidents. The Domestic Violence Specialist and Counselor not only work together to do investigations and follow-up, but they work in conjunction with two community-oriented police officers and the D.A.R.E. Officer to provide education and problem identification throughout the community.

The project has enabled the Palm Springs Police Department and Shelter From the Storm to investigate and prosecute domestic violence cases while also providing additional services to victims and their families. The project also allows the police department to work with community groups, as well as in schools, to provide education and problem identification in the community.

The Domestic Violence Specialist project is funded by an $80,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. This funding pays for one full-time detective and one full-time counselor for the program.

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