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Office of Violence Prevention

Domestic Violence Response Teams

For more information send us an email or phone 858-581-5800.

Facilities where this Service is offered:


Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRTs) represent a countywide interdisciplinary strategy aimed at the reduction and prevention of intimate partner violence. DVRTs pair a law enforcement provider with a highly trained advocate, who provides crisis intervention to victims and their children, at the scene of an emergency response. Supporting the team is a coordinated, multi-level advocacy network made up of the following representatives: 

Multidisciplinary Team Members

  • Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Violence Service Provider
  • Child Welfare Services (CWS)
  • Aging and Independence Services (AIS)
  • Public Health Nurses (PHN)
  • Hospitals
  • Animal Control/Humane Society
  • Victim Assistance Program

Jurisdictional Areas/Domestic Violence Agencies

  • Chula Vista Police Department/South Bay Community Services
  • El Cajon Police Department/Center for Community Solutions (CCS)
  • Oceanside Police Department/Women's Resource Center
  • San Diego Police Department - Mid-City Division/Center for Community Solutions

Multidisciplinary Review Team (MDT)

Each of the four DVRTs is supported by a Multidisciplinary Review Team (MDT) that meets monthly and is led by the lead law enforcement agency. The purpose of the MDT is to ensure that victims and their family members are connected to the appropriate resources and services.

DVRT Support Services

  • Batterer's Treatment Groups
  • Public Health Nursing Home Visits
  • Temporary Restraining Order Clinics
  • Animal Foster Care

Positive Outcomes

  • Reduced repeat domestic violence calls to law enforcement agencies.
  • Increased access to services for entire family.
  • Reduced hospitalization and avoidable medical costs.
  • Increased successful prosecution of domestic violence cases.
  • Reduced expensive back end intervention costs.

The DVRT's received a 2002 NACo (National Association of Counties) Award for recognition as an innovative prevention program.


For more information send us an email or phone 858-581-5800.