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Definitions

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Coordinated Community Response (CCR): A systemic, multi-layered approach to domestic violence that employs collaborative and integrated service delivery.
  -   CCR Coordinator: Each Team will select one Fellow to serve as their CCR Coordinator. This Fellow schedules meetings, confirms tasks are being met, and acts as point person for other community members who will be part of the county’s CCR.
  -  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.


What is ICCR?
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).

Each year, one Cohort will participate in ICCR and receive 12 full months of training, beginning and ending with the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW). A Cohort consists of six county-based Teams of three Fellows each (one law enforcement officer, one prosecutor, and one advocate).


What is a Coordinated Community Response?
Coordinated Community Responses (CCRs) are systemic approaches that employ collaborative and integrated service delivery to address public concerns, such as domestic violence. A CCR is a multi-layered approach that integrates the efforts of individual agencies, grass-roots community members, and broader systems.

Examples of CCRs 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 begin implementing a CCR of their choosing (and/or amplify effectiveness of current CCRs) as they progress through the Institute.


What type of training will I receive?
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, recorded presentations, 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. Job-related resources, webinars, grant funding sources, directories of local services, academic articles, and more will be 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 trainings.

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

  -  Personalized support from Ambassadors: Each Team will be assigned an Ambassador, an employee of ICCR. Ambassadors will connect Fellows with relevant resources, monitor and facilitate Fellow interaction on ICCR Link, visit Cohort communities during in-person trainings, and assist as needed throughout the year.


What is the Praxis Best Practice Assessment?
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.


How much does it cost to participate?
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.


Who is eligible to participate?
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 service availability
  -  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 bmeyer@genesisshelter.org.

Eligible Counties:
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


What is a CCR Coordinator?
The CCR Coordinator will ensure the Team stays on track; they will schedule Team meetings, confirm Team tasks are being met, and act as the point person for other community members who will be part of the county’s CCR. Any member of the Team—advocate, law enforcement officer, or prosecutor—can fill the role of CCR Coordinator. This role is typically taken on by the advocate on the Team, but ICCR will work with each individual community to determine which Fellow best fits this role.


What if we don’t have an advocacy agency in our town?
We encourage communities to think outside of the box when identifying an advocacy partner. Is there a domestic violence services agency just outside of your town that serves your community? Is there a Victim Services Coordinator at your prosecutor’s office or police department?

ICCR staff is happy to help you identify and connect with potential advocacy partners. You may submit an application prior to securing an advocacy partner, but note that your application will be pending until each applicant’s section is fully completed.


What are the responsibilities of ICCR Fellows?
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.

  -  Five on-site trainings to be held at the end of June, August, October, November, and February (free of cost 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 take 1-2 hours each week they are assigned.

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


What do we get out of it?
During their Cohort year, ICCR Fellows will receive the following FREE benefits:
  -  CEU, CLE, or TCOLE credits through CCAW workshops, live webinars, and recorded presentations
  -  Two years of CCAW registration, travel, and lodging
  -  Five 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


What is the timeline for training?
  -  Cohort 1: April 2019-May 2020
  -  Cohort 2: May 2020-May 2021
  -  Cohort 3: May 2021-May 2022

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


How do we apply?
Gather your Team and apply HERE. Note that each Team will need to complete ONE joint application.

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.


When will we know if we’ve been accepted?
Decisions will be made in November 2018 for the April 2019-May 2020 Cohort.


Please contact Brooke Meyer, bmeyer@genesisshelter.org, if you have any additional questions.