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For immediate assistance, please call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or TDD (800) 621-4202
The Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team is a unique program designed to provide intensive service management and assistance to individuals identified to be in potentially lethal situations.
Intimate Violence Enhanced Service team (InVEST) was implemented in 2006 in the 5 counties with the highest domestic homicide rates by the FDLE. Because high risk victims often do not seek services they do not receive safety planning or danger assessments. InVEST's unique model allows law enforcement and DV centers to work together to identify victims at high risk for homicide and to enhance their possibility of receiving safety from further victimization. Established 11 years ago, Jacksonville InVEST has served as a model to the existing sites: St. Lucie Co., Alachua Co., Orange Co, and Seminole Co. The success of these sites has initiated further support by Attorney General Bill McCollum, and the implementation of 6 new counties: Broward, Hillsborough, Collier, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota.
Based on a community coordinated response model, teams for INVEST include advocates, officers, and detectives working together to create a comprehensive system of victim safety through batterer intervention models and safety planning with the survivor. Often deciding together how to handle a certain situation Law Enforcement works to maintain batterer accountability, through injunctions, monitoring and follow up while DV advocates work with the survivor to share information, provide safety planning and possible aid in relocation.
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.
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