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Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team
Our Team
Who We Are
The Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team (DVCCRT) is a multi-disciplinary team of local professionals who work in the fields of domestic violence prevention, domestic violence intervention, law, education, faith, and healthcare. Participation in this group is open to any community member.
Our Members
The DVCCRT is committed to raising awareness about domestic violence and playing an active role in the prevention of domestic violence. Members consist of individuals from the following agencies: Dwelling Place Inc., Department of Human Services, Fountain Hill Center for Counseling, Grand Rapids Police Department, Healthy Kent 2010, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Kent County Medical Society, Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, Kent County Sheriff Department, Kentwood Police Department, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Men’s Resource Center, Safe Haven Ministries, YWCA West Central Michigan and 61st District Court.
Meet Our Board
Eileen McKeever, Co-Chair
YWCA West Central Michigan
Chris Becker, Co-Chair
Kent County Prosecutor’s Office
Justine Kibet, Secretary
Bethany Christian Services
Treasurer

DVCCRT Timeline

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  • 1985

  • 1986

  • 1991

  • 1992

  • 1993

  • 1995

  • 2003

  • 2004

  • 2005

  • 2006

  • 2007

  • 2008

  • 2009

  • 2010

  • 2011

  • 2012

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  • 1985

    Formation of an informal group of local professions called the Kent County Domestic Violence Task Force. Created a proposal for a coordinated approach to handling domestic violence cases.

  • 1986

    Helped eliminate policies requiring victims to wait 7 days before a complaint would be investigated or a warrant issued. Celebrated the assignment of an assistant prosecutor to work specifically on domestic violence cases.

  • 1991

    Name changed to Kent County Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee. Grand Rapids Police Department created the “Re-Cap” program, which led to the implementation of a mandatory arrest policy.

  • 1992

    Established a crisis intervention program, staffed by students pursuing master’s of social work degrees from the Grand Rapids area.

  • 1993

    Held a conference on domestic violence for a variety of law enforcement officials to promote consistent response to domestic violence throughout the community.

  • 1995

    Merged with the Domestic Violence Action Team to form the Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team.

  • 2003

    Helped reduce the amount of time it takes to get personal protection orders in Kent County from 7-10 days to 48-72 hours. Coordinated the implementation of the ADT AWARE program in Kent County, which provides security systems free of charge to victims of domestic violence.

  • 2004

    Aided the Child Protection Team at DeVos Children’s Hospital in the implementation of the Safe & Bright Futures for Children Initiative.

  • 2005

    Sponsored a training for law enforcement and court personnel. Co-sponsored a day-long workshop with nationally known expert and author Lundy Bancroft. Sponsored media training for all members of CCRT. Created domestic violence media packets. Created a CCRT website with links to community resources.

  • 2006

    Created a public awareness campaign that targeted men and boys. Facilitated a comprehensive domestic violence training for United Way 2-1-1 staff.

  • 2007

    Developed a domestic violence prevention effort within schools. Organized and facilitated a CCRT conference for teachers and school personnel. Hosted the event “Understanding the Complexities of Dating and Domestic Violence” at Grand Valley State University. Co-sponsored the “Weed and Seed Conference,” which focused on victims and teens.

  • 2008

    Conducted research on the feasibility of establishing a domestic violence fatality review board and/or domestic violence courts. Coordinated and sponsored quarterly CCRT “brown bag” luncheon series on various topics of domestic violence.

  • 2009

    Produced a revised version of the Healing Path in English and translated it into Spanish. Continued to coordinate and sponsor quarterly “brown bag” luncheon series.

  • 2010

    Worked with Sexual Assault Prevention Action Team to address violence in the workplace. Worked with the State to define “human trafficking” in connection with domestic violence. Supported a “Coaching Boys into Men” program in Kent County.

  • 2011

    Facilitated a mayoral proclamation during domestic violence awareness month. Developed a plan to increase visibility of CCRT and domestic violence awareness. Reinforced a commitment to enhanced collaboration with law enforcement.

  • 2012

    Launched our new website and started a quarterly newsletter. Created a public awareness poster campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.