Schaumburg health board gathers to hear presentation on Domestic Violence Response Team
Social Worker Kristen Jordan and Police Officer Kendra Ziebell gave a presentation on the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) to the Schaumburg Board of Health on Jan. 4.
Created in 2002, DVRT's goal is to help victims of domestic violence. The team is made up of two officers from each patrol, two detectives, two juvenile detectives, three social workers and a supervisor. DVRT has a zero tolerance policy. If there is probable cause, an arrest will be made. Even if there is no arrest, a social worker will follow up with the victim.
All members of DVRT are mandated reporters and will report possible elder or child abuse, as well as contacting DCFS regarding domestic violence incidents. DVRT assists victims throughout the case, including support during the court case and assisting with orders of protection.
The March board meeting will feature a presentation on hoarders and the Hazardous Home Site Program.
The board heard an update on the Dec. 3 blood drive, which collected 41 units of blood. The board members also received a handout listing new Illinois laws for 2016.