Intimate Violence Enhanced Service Team (InVEST) InVEST was created specifically to reduce and prevent domestic violence homicides in Florida. FCADV and the Office of the Attorney General identified 11 Florida communities with the highest rates of domestic violence homicide to provide funding for the implementation of a coordinated community response to prevent and reduce the number of domestic violence related deaths. InVEST partnerships have implemented batterer accountability measures and provided enhanced advocacy for more than 3,000 survivors per year who are at high risk of being murdered by their intimate partner. Since the program’s inception in 2009, there have not been any homicides of InVEST participants. This is particularly notable since InVEST participants enter the program based on their experience of evidence-based, high risk behaviors perpetrated against them by their partner or ex-partner.
Last year, FCADV expanded the InVEST Program to fund detective positions within law enforcement agencies to partner with certified domestic violence centers to reduce domestic violence homicides. This grant program is designed to encourage local law enforcement agencies and their community partners to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. Advocates and law enforcement partners engage in daily collaborative reviews of police reports in order to determine potential high risk domestic violence cases and to make contact with survivors to determine if they are interested in participating in the program. FCADV trains all partners involved in the project including, but not limited to, domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and parole/probation officers. FCADV’s InVEST training for criminal justice partners focuses on the use of evidence based investigations and prosecutions of domestic violence perpetrators, the use of an abbreviated risk assessment tool that does not put survivors at further risk of harm, and survivor centered practices to connect survivors and their children to domestic violence services.
The InVEST Toolkit is for InVEST team partners including, but not limited to, domestic violence advocates, law enforcement, health care professionals, prosecutors, and judges. This toolkit includes resources to assist InVEST programs in their work with survivors of domestic violence and their community partners.