After the Webinar: Community Coordinated Responses. Q&A with Chris Jones

Webinar presenter Chris Jones answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Community Coordinated Responses: The Key to Getting Your Communities on Board.  Here are just a few of his responses.


Audience Question: Do you have to choose one victim type for the community coordinated response or as a bit of a different way, what happens to the sexual assault victims if the team is just for domestic violence? 

Chris Jones:  Because those are so closely related you could certainly have the same team focus on both. Again, it’s going to be based on kind of your not necessarily demographics but it’s going to based on your location. Are you in a bigger city where you’ve got a lot of resources and can have two separate teams, one just for domestic violence and one for sexual assault? Or are you in a more rural location where you could combine the two? I probably would have a domestic violence CCR team focus on the opioid epidemic if that makes any sense, but if they’re closely related and you feel comfortable with doing both at the same time, there’s no problem with doing that especially if you’ve got a team that can meet consistently. So you all know each other, you know the capabilities, what resources they have. You got advocates from one …audio cutting in and out… If you got the resources where you could have two separate focus areas also definitely look at doing that because there are some specific …audio cutting in and out…



Audience Question: Can you go back one slide to that resources slide. They wanted to probably get a screenshot of that or write down some of those ID? …audio cutting in and out… Yes, well, I’ll leave my readers for that one, but there you go …audio cutting in and out… 

Chris Jones:  Oh, absolutely. Yeah. Yeah, again the model in general to develop these coordinated Community response teams is applicable to just about every area. The only thing I would caution you to at least, ask you to consider is when we’re talking about some child welfare. Confidentiality is going to be one of the most important factors of … audio cutting in and out…  in addition to those that are already in the profession just to get their input which again, I think the community input is paramount when it comes to making these things effective but the short answer to your question is absolutely following that those five little steps that I gave you can be applied to just about everything and when we’re talking about getting people on board, what better topic is there when we’re talking about child welfare, right? When adults are beating up on adults. It’s one thing but when you …audio cutting in and out… They could be applicable and I think there’s probably not many better topics to consider developing a team for other than that …audio cutting in and out…



Audience Question: Yes, I’ve heard a number of States during that obviously domestic violence. So thank you very much. So I’m going to combine the questions from a couple of our audience members specifically …audio cutting in and out… would love your ideas and thoughts on that. 

Chris Jones:  Okay …audio cutting in and out… You two are some of my favorite people right now, but I love all of you. You two …audio cutting in and out… I think it’s very important. So when we’re talking specifically about lethality assessment. Problem number one is getting them a sense of what it is, getting them the right training and the biggest is showing them the statistics and the research behind because it’s not just one of those documents that people say well this looks like a good one. Let me take some verbiage from the top of this and the bottom of this and make my own thing. This document created by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell of Johns Hopkins has got a great deal of research behind it supporting it, right. So it’s not just something that you can kind of take a word from this and that and make your own. You need to use it verbatim. So there’s plenty of research there that’ll help you in getting this implemented but what you’re going to do and this goes back to the barriers that I discussed one of the biggest barriers of the sheriff’s office or the police department or whoever you’re working with and getting some lieutenants and captains and sheriffs and chief deputies, deputy chiefs getting those people in a room and saying hey, this is effective. I think it will be a game-changer for our agency. One thing that I’ll throw out there is I would be happy to help you in any way, shape, form or fashion that I can with that because I’ve done the research and it was actually part of my – I told you I wrote my dissertation on domestic violence in general and about the lethality assessments were a big part of that. So I’d be happy to offer my services to help you out in any way that I can to include getting that information to you and helping you present that case to those Police departments and Sheriff’s Office



Audience Question: Have you thought about including veterinarians and Animal Care and Control Officers on the CCRs? And I know what you’re talking about Nancy it is because of that link that has been established between animal abuse and domestic violence. So I’d be really curious. This is a great question Chris. Have you seen that being done anywhere? 

Chris Jones:  Absolutely and I tell you, Jessica Rock teaches animal cruelty and the link between that and domestic violence. So animal services and Veterinary Services I’ve learned so much this from having Jessica on board as well as Adult Protective Services. I don’t think I listed those and that’s kind of the shortlist that I gave you but having all that representation can only benefit you in the long run because again, they can provide resources that others cannot and what I love after we have our classes or after teaching our classes and Jessica’s talk. Most people you see that light bulb go off and she talks about. Okay. Well, I can’t I don’t have a case for domestic violence right now. I’ve got some uncooperative victim or what have you but look here I’ve got animal cruelty. I didn’t even think about going to the dogs or the cat and looking at them or acting the victim about them. So now I can build my case just on that. So absolutely they should be part of your CCR Team.



Audience Question:  I believe the CCR approach works. Are you aware of any initiatives to address missing persons by locating them quicker solving cooled runaways …audio cutting in and out… 

Chris Jones:  Not offhand. That’s a great question. And if I told you anything, I just think he lying. I’m sure they’re out there. But to be honest with you, I’ve not done looking into that …audio cutting in and out… So that’s a great question – I’m writing it down.


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