In a domestic violence incident report, there is an identified victim and an offender. In the overwhelming majority of cases, police can easily identify who’s who. Even if the victim did not make the 911 call, it’s fairly obvious what’s going on when police arrive at the house.
Now, as pervasive as domestic violence is in our society, the truth is that a small number of men commit the most dangerous crimes of domestic violence in every town.
And, yes. We know who they are.
Why? Because they’re repeat offenders. They can’t keep their hands off women. It’s the final act of power and control. They’re predictable. In fact, they’re so predictable, we can make a lot of mathematical assumptions about how dangerous they are.
The film we are working on tells the story of how one small town in North Carolina took a different approach to solving its domestic violence problem. They focused on the problem: the offender. The police took two years to thoroughly study the entire eco-system that surrounds domestic violence and included every stakeholder in the solution: the hospital, the women’s shelter, the court system, children’s services, even the community at large.
By holding the known offenders accountable and removing their anonymity, the police have effectively eliminated domestic violence homicides. By all metrics and measures, the High Point Model is a resounding success that continues to this day. In addition to saving lives and families, the police estimate they’ve saved the town over $138M in homicide costs alone. The model has an ROI that covers the gamut of financial and societal returns.
Sure, some day, there could be a domestic violence homicide in High Point. But, today there isn’t, And there wasn’t one yesterday either. Women are safe, families are actually staying together, and offenders got the message:
High Point has zero tolerance for domestic violence.
Shouldn’t your town?