Criminal Justice Program
We provide domestic violence and sexual assault violence advocacy assistance to victims of crime.
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center has formulated partnership programs with Speedway, Lawrence, Southport, Beech Grove and Greenwood police departments. Beacon of Hope victim advocates work with law enforcement to follow up on purple sheet cases and when needed will arrive in partnership ready to assist victims during domestic violence calls. This program is breaking the cycle of abuse and educates victims about all of the resources available to assist them with leaving the situation and achieving freedom from the grip of domestic violence.
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Overview and History of our Police Department Project Partnerships:
Our victim advocates initially worked with local law enforcement on Baker One domestic violence calls. Now our victim advocates are called for all types and levels of domestic violence related calls. Baker One is a model program that addresses domestic violence homicide and serious assault by objectively identifying high risk domestic violence victims and perpetrators with repeated police runs and offering early intervention to both the victim and the abuser.
In Indianapolis, police jurisdictions receive special officer training regarding Baker One, domestic violence, strangulation and other training topics as they arise. Each police jurisdiction uses the IMPD Baker One manual that has been approved by IMPD professional standards. Per this manual, each jurisdiction can identify up to 25 Baker One candidates. In addition, IMPD maintains a database to capture all Baker One data, thus streamlining data collection and allowing the jurisdictions to be better able to collaborate on cases as domestic violence couples are often transient.
In addition to IMPD, Baker One has been embedded into the prosecutor’s office, community corrections, parole, probation, and other criminal justice response systems by changing protocol for response to domestic violence.
Once identified as a Baker One case, a uniformed officer will approach the suspect, offering a resource card and encouraging the suspect to seek services for change.
Victim safety and outreach is also an integral component of Baker One. Special intervention and attention will be given to the victims identified as Baker One. The Victim Advocate will respond to Baker One police reports either in person, by phone, or letter to offer the victim services, safety panning, and address other needs that they may have.
Since its implementation, Indianapolis police districts have seen great success in the Baker One collaborative program.
In May 2013, the Domestic Violence Network, Speedway Police Department, and the Julian Center approached Beacon of Hope to discuss a collaborative project that would implement Baker One in Speedway. Currently, the Julian Center administers the Baker One project for IMPD; however, they are at capacity for serving other policing jurisdictions.
Under this project, Beacon of Hope will collaborate with the Speedway Police Department to provide advocacy services to Baker One-identified victims and the Domestic Violence Network will provide Baker One technical assistance, resources, and training to the officers and victim advocates. IMPD has agreed to share their Baker One database information with the Speedway Police Department officers and Beacon of Hope’s victim advocates.
The Speedway Baker One Project launched in 2013.
Lawrence Project Partnership