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New Cincinnati Police Protocol For Domestic Violence Victims

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyla McKnight, 18th Contracting Squadron contracting administrator, has make-up applied to resemble a broken nose for the Domestic Violence Awareness campaign on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 9, 2012.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyla McKnight, 18th Contracting Squadron contracting administrator, has make-up applied to resemble a broken nose for the Domestic Violence Awareness campaign on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 9, 2012.

Beginning in January 2018, Cincinnati Police will dispatch a member of a newly created Women Helping Women special team called DVERT (Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team) to the scene of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes.

The newly created unit, with funds from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, comes as Hamilton County is seeing a spike in sexual assault calls and a rash of domestic violence incidents that resulted in three deaths in October.

Women Helping Women CEO and President Kristin Shrimplin explains how the new protocol will work. "When a survivor calls for help in regards to domestic violence, police are dispatched. They secure the crime scene and, for the first time ever, our agency will also be dispatched. So we will also have an advocate on scene to focus on the needs of the survivor and her children."

Shrimplin says the team will develop a safety plan and connect the victim to resources.

She doesn't know why there has been an increase and says she is concerned about the following:

  • Sexual assault calls to the Women Helping Women Hotline spiked 38 percent.
  • One of the support groups recently doubled in size.
  • There is now a twenty-person wait list for therapy.
  • The agency had to dip into savings for the first time to help clients.


"Our hope is, in working with law enforcement, that we can reduce (women's) victimization and increase their safety," according to Shrimplin.

The new program is modeled off one in California.

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With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.