Mayor Applauds Successful Anchorage Domestic Violence Prevention Project (ADVPP)
Project increases arrests, convictions, and enhances victim safety
Contact: Allison Biastock
This week, Mayor Sullivan is drawing attention to the successes of the Anchorage Domestic Violence Prevention Project (ADVPP). ADVPP is a multi-disciplinary partnership between the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services Department, the Municipal Prosecutor's Office, the Anchorage Police Department and Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC).
ADVPP has proved effective in holding domestic violence (DV) offenders accountable, and increasing victim safety. Under this project, the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office maintains a database on offender judicial orders, such as “no contact” with victims. This database is accessible to law enforcement in Anchorage, and across the state. Additionally, two full-time police officers conduct compliance checks, focusing on the most serious offenders. The project, through AWAIC, also provides emergency financial assistance for DV victims and their families. The Municipal Department of Health and Human Services evaluates the ADVPP’s impact on offenders and victims.
Since its creation, the ADVPP has shown results. Between 2007 and 2009 the number of arrests and arrest warrants served for violations of conditions of release has risen dramatically. There has also been a decrease in the number of repeat offenders as increasing awareness of this project spreads across the community.
While ADVPP has proven successful in improving accountability, Anchorage still faces some sobering DV statistics. City officials note the reported rate per 100,000 residents for domestic violence rose by 46% from 1,310 in 2008 to 1,843 in 2009. ADVPP staff point to economic stress as a potential factor in the increase, and pledge to continue to combat DV in Alaska.
“ADVPP is an excellent example of how municipal departments working together can efficiently make a tremendous impact on a serious issue like domestic violence” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “I am pleased with successes of the project and encouraged that we are working together to stop the violence in our community and across Alaska.”
Captain Bill Miller with the Anchorage Police Department asserted, “This is the most effective law enforcement tool we have developed to respond to domestic violence.”
“We know that our state leads the nation in some discouraging domestic violence statistics, but with this project, we are also leading the nation in an innovative approach to combating this dangerous crime” claimed Director Diane Ingle of the Anchorage Health and Human Services Department.
For more information regarding the Anchorage Domestic Violence Prevention Project, please contact the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services Safety Links Program at 343-6589.