What is the Duluth Model?
Since the early 1980s, Duluth—a small community in northern Minnesota— has been an innovator of ways to hold batterers accountable and keep victims safe.
The “Duluth Model” is an ever-evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence.
Over several months, we convened focus groups of women who had been battered. We listened to heart-wrenching stories of violence, terror, and survival. After listening to these stories and asking questions, we documented the most common abusive behaviors or tactics that were used against these women. The tactics chosen for the wheel were those that were most universally experienced by battered women.
Duluth Family Visitation Center
DAIP’s Duluth Family Visitation Center (DFVC) works to restore safety and repair harm in the lives of women and children after abuse. The DFVC supervises visits and exchanges with the child and the parent responsible for the abuse. Our focus is building safe and positive relationships.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangerous rise in cases in Northeast, MN, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs has temporarily closed the Duluth Family Visitation Center. We fully appreciate the difficulty this causes for those who utilize our services but we cannot assure the safety of the children or parents who come through our building each week. We will monitor the number of cases of COVID-19 and reopen when we feel it is safe enough to do so. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us at 218-722-2781 or visit us on our website. Thank you and stay safe.
Duluth Blueprint for Safety
On Thursday, January 29, 2015, the City of Duluth and six criminal justice agencies announced the adoption of a new collective domestic violence policy. The Blueprint for Safety strengthens the city’s Duluth Model coordinated community response to domestic violence cases.
“The Duluth Model”: Coordinated Community Response (CCR) wins prestigious international prize for best policy worldwide
Out of 25 international nominations, the “Duluth Model” was the only policy to be awarded the 2014 Future Policy Award for Ending Violence against Women and Girls or Gold Award. The Future Policy Award is the only international award which recognizes policies rather than people, and the “Duluth Model” is the first humanitarian policy to be honored in the history of the award.