- Coordinated Community Response (CCR)
: A systemic, multi-layered approach to domestic violence that employs collaborative and integrated service delivery.

- Fellow
: A law enforcement officer, advocate, or prosecutor participating in ICCR.

- Cohort
: The full group of Fellows participating in ICCR during each 12-month period. Each Cohort will be comprised of six Teams.

- Rural
: Counties designated as “rural” by the Office of Management & Budget OR counties that have a population of less than 50,000 people.

- Team
: County-based, multi-disciplinary team made up of a law enforcement officer, advocate, and prosecutor.

- Under-resourced: Counties that fall within Service Classes 1, 2, 5, or 6, as defined by the Texas Council on Family Violence State Plan.


The Institute for Coordinated Community Response (ICCR) provides a full year of training, resources, networking opportunities, and technical assistance for rural, under-resourced Texas counties who are motivated to improve their systemic response to domestic violence through the creation of a Coordinated Community Responses (CCR).

Through a competitive application process, ICCR will select each year's training cohort, which consists of six county-based teams made up of three fellows each (a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, and advocate). The cohort's year, which begins and ends at the Conference on Crimes Against Women, includes free on-site trainings, eLearning, resources, networking opportunities, and technical assistance.



A community's systemic response to domestic violence is a complex machine. Without all of the mechanisms (domestic violence agencies, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical personnel, child abuse response, etc.) working in tandem, the machine isn't able to function as intended.

Coordinated Community Responses (CCRs) help our systemic "machines" function effectively to address intimate partner violence. CCRs are endorsed by both the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC). The CCR concept and its first iteration, the "Duluth Model", was created by Ellen Pence in 1980. (Download the article by Ellen Pence to learn more about the effectiveness of coordinated community responses.) 

Since that time, many more CCR models and tools have been developed and evaluated for effectiveness. Examples proven CCR models include, but are not limited to:
 - High Risk Teams
 - Fatality Review Teams
 - Domestic Violence Taskforces
 - Lethality Assessment Program

Throughout the year, each ICCR Team will identify and begin implementing a CCR of their choosing (and/or amplify effectiveness of current CCRs) as they progress through the Institute.


The ICCR training curriculum includes:
- Conference on Crimes Against Women: Each Cohort will kick off and wrap up at CCAW, where Fellows will receive specialized CCR training and have the opportunity to attend workshops that are relevant to their community’s unique needs.

- Praxis Best Practice Assessment: After CCAW, Teams will begin their training year by completing the Praxis Best Practice Assessment, which sets ICCR apart from other, less extensive training programs. The Assessment is a structured, community-wide case review that allows Teams to examine the impact of their current system’s policies and procedures on victims of domestic violence and determine which systemic best practice(s) to implement in their communities.

- Online Learning: Fellows will participate in monthly, live webinars, ecourses, and guided discussions on ICCR’s customized e-learning system, ICCR Link.

- Resource Library: Fellows and alumni will have exclusive access to an expansive, continuously updated resource library. A wide variety of resources, webinars, grant funding sources, directories of local services, academic articles, and more are easily searchable.

- In-Person Training: ICCR training partners will travel to Teams’ communities several times throughout the year to provide training that is specific to their unique needs. All community members with a vested interest in addressing domestic violence will be invited to attend these free trainings.

- Mentoring: Each professional group (law enforcement, prosecution, and advocacy) within ICCR will be assigned a mentor from the relevant field.

- Personalized support from ICCR


Fellows can expect to spend an average of one hour each week on ICCR assignments.

- Kick-Off at CCAW 
- Unit 1: Building the Foundation
- Unit 2: Ensuring Survivor-Centric Services
- Unit 3: Overcoming Common Roadblocks
- Unit 4: Solidifying Your Direction
- Unit 5: Burnout & Vicarious Trauma
- Wrap-Up at CCAW


Teams will utilize the Praxis Best Practice Assessment to identify their community’s strengths and weaknesses in its systemic response to domestic violence. The Best Practice Assessment is a structured review of domestic violence cases that allow Teams to examine the impact of their current system’s policies and procedures on victims of domestic violence. Using checklists of core best practices, Team members will conduct guided case reviews of police investigation reports, 911 transcripts, and/or prosecution case files. Each Team will complete a Best Practice Assessment over the first six months of ICCR, concluding with a consultative site visit with a Praxis representative to lay out the specific details of their planned CCR based on the current responses and levels of collaboration identified by the Assessment.

The Best Practice Assessment serves as the backbone of the ICCR curriculum and sets this program apart from other, less extensive training programs. The six months spent completing this assessment will bring the Fellows together and improve their collaboration and communication skills, both within the Team and with other community partners who will be vital in creating a CCR. The Assessment will encourage each Team to build on their county’s own unique strengths, rather than employing a “one size fits all” approach, to ensure that the resulting CCR is the best approach for each individual community.

Visit the Praxis website for more information on the Best Practice Assessment.


Nothing at all! There are NO fees associated with the Institute. Training, travel, lodging, and all other expenses are covered by the generous support of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation & the Moody Foundation.


Teams of three—made up of a prosecutor, law enforcement officer, and advocate—from rural, under-resourced counties in Texas are encouraged to apply. Each Team will select one Fellow to serve as their CCR Coordinator (see below for more details). We ask that all Fellows plan, in good faith, to be at their current agency for at least two more years. Fellows are also required to secure the support of the head of their agency/organization/department.

For the purposes of ICCR, rural means any county that has been designated as "rural" by the Office of Management & Budget OR has a population of less than 50,000 people. Under-resourced means any county that falls within the following Service Classes, as defined by the Texas Council on Family Violence State Plan:
  - Class 1: Largely intermittent physical service availability
  - Class 2: Largely rural areas served by outreach centers
  - Class 5: Largely rural with intermittent physical services
  - Class 6: No services available

Based on the above criteria, eligible Texas counties are listed below. If your county is not listed below but you feel you meet the “rural and under-resourced” criteria, please reach out to Brooke Meyer at


Andrews, Aransas, Archer, Armstrong, Atascosa, Austin, Bailey, Bandera, Baylor, Bee, Blanco, Borden, Bosque, Briscoe, Brooks, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Callahan, Camp, Carson, Cass, Castro, Chambers, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Collingsworth, Colorado, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Delta, DeWitt, Dickens, Donley, Duval, Eastland, Edwards, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fayette, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Franklin, Freestone, Frio, Gaines, Garza, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Harrison, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Henderson, Hill, Hockley, Hopkins, Houston, Howard, Hudspeth, Irion, Jack, Jackson, Jeff Davis, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Jones, Karnes, Kenedy, Kent, Kimble, King, Kinney, Kleberg, Knox, La Salle, Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Lipscomb, Live Oak, Llano, Loving, Lynn, Madison, Marion, Martin, Mason, Maverick, McMullen, Menard, Milam, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Morris, Motley, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nolan, Oldham, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parmer, Pecos, Rains, Reagan, Real, Red River, Reeves, Refugio, Roberts, Robertson, Runnels, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Schleicher, Shackelford, Shelby, Sherman, Somervell, Starr, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Ward, Washington, Wharton, Wheeler, Wilbarger, Willacy, Wilson, 
Winkler, Wood, Yoakum, Young, Zapata, Zavala


Is there a domestic violence services agency just outside of your town that serves your community? Community-based advocates (ie. from a domestic violence services agency) are ideal team members. However, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis, and we encourage communities to think outside of the box when identifying an advocacy partner. If you are uncertain about identifying an advocate, please reach out! We are happy to discuss the options within and surrounding your county.

You may submit an application prior to securing an advocacy partner, but note that your application will not be considered until each applicant’s section is fully completed.



Fellows will be expected to actively participate in ICCR activities for a full year. Our curriculum is flexible to accommodate a variety of schedules and workloads. However, at a minimum, Fellows should ensure they have the time and capacity to commit to the following:

- Attendance at the Conference on Crimes Against Women in Dallas, Texas at the beginning and end of your Cohort year (registration, travel, and lodging costs will be covered by ICCR).

- One live webinar each month. A recurring day and time will be set based on the majority’s availability.

- Four on-site trainings to be held at the end of June, August, October, and February (free to attend and held in your own community). 

- Various in-person Team activities throughout the year, times and dates TBD by Team members.

- Ability to complete 80% of online assignments. Various tasks will be assigned approximately once a week (ex. viewing a recorded presentation, participating in an online discussion with other Fellows) and can be completed at any point throughout the week. Assignments will vary and take anywhere from15 min -2 hours each week to complete.

- Complete bi-yearly surveys and interviews during and upon completion of the Institute for evaluation purposes.



During their Cohort year, ICCR Fellows will receive the following FREE benefits:

- CEU, MCLE, or TCOLE credits through CCAW workshops, live webinars, and recorded presentations

- Two years of CCAW registration, travel, and lodging

- Four free, on-site trainings, open to any community stakeholders, designed around your community’s unique needs

- Access to ICCR’s exclusive, ever-expanding Resource Library: job-related resources, webinars, recorded presentations, grant funding sources, directories of local services, academic articles, and more

- Community consultation with Praxis International and the Texas Council on Family Violence

- Ongoing technical assistance and support from ICCR staff

- 6:1 professional mentoring with an accomplished professional in your field

Upon graduation from ICCR, alumni will receive continued access to:
- ICCR’s Resource Library
- Networking and training opportunities with future Cohorts
- Ongoing technical assistance and support from ICCR staff


  -  2021 Training Cohort: May 2021-May 2022
  -  2022 Training Cohort: May 2022-May 2023

Each Cohort begins and ends at the Conference on Crimes Against Women in Dallas, Texas (exact dates are subject to change).


Applications for the 2021 Cohort are now open! Click HERE for more details and to apply.

Because we are targeting specific geographic clusters in Texas, we encourage you to apply EARLY! 

ICCR staff is happy to help you connect with potential advocacy partners. You may submit an application prior to securing an advocacy partner, but we suggest you submit your application as soon as possible if you are seeking this assistance. Note that your application will be pending until all sections are fully completed.


Decisions will be made in December 2020 for the May 2021-May 2022 Cohort.

Please contact Brooke Meyer,, if you have any additional questions.

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