Police Partnerships - St. Louis
Domestic Violence Intervention Partnership – (DVIP City & County)
LAAW’s innovative partnership with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department began in 1997 and, due to its success, expanded in 1999. LAAW Advocates, located on-site at police headquarters, provide immediate crisis response and on-going support for victims who report domestic violence incidents and are referred by the responding officers.
Services include immediate intervention, safety planning, court accompaniment, legal advocacy and referrals, and information and advocacy on the criminal justice process and arrest procedures.
Advocates may respond at the police station, hospital, courthouse, or at the scene of a domestic disturbance call. Advocates also work directly with Detectives of the Domestic Abuse Response Team to help victims with specialized cases – felony assaults, Order of Protection violations, and repeat incidents.
The County portion of this program was established in 2003 as the Domestic Violence Response Team, but merged with the City program to streamline services for clients experiencing domestic violence in both jurisdictions.
This program is a collaboration with the St. Louis County Police Department located on-site at police headquarters.
Advocates work directly with Family Crime Unit detectives to provide immediate response and ongoing support to victims with specialized cases focusing on order of protection violations and stalking.