|Blueprint for Safety
The Blueprint for Safety is a prototype that can be used by any community hoping to link its criminal justice agencies together in a coherent, philosophically sound domestic violence intervention model.
In 2007 the Minnesota Legislature awarded a grant to the City of St. Paul to write a comprehensive plan integrating the knowledge gleaned from thirty years of research, demonstration projects, and practice into a “blueprint” for city and county agencies responding to misdemeanor and felony assaults. The St. Paul Blueprint for Safety is a prototype to link criminal justice agencies together in a coherent, philosophically sound domestic violence intervention model.
The blueprint is the result of conversations and consultation with community members, practitioners, advocates, victims, defense attorneys, researchers, agency leaders, and experts in confronting this crime both locally and nationally. The leadership of six agencies and the district court bench in the City of St. Paul created the blueprint. Such leadership is the basis for any community’s effort to confront this devastating form of violence in our state, across the nation and throughout the world.
The blueprint is anchored in six foundational principles that we have identified as essential characteristics of intervention that maximize safety for victims of domestic violence and hold offenders accountable while offering them opportunities to change. The six principles are:
1. Adhere to an interagency approach and collective intervention goals
2. Build attention to the context and severity of abuse into each intervention
3. Recognize that most domestic violence is a patterned crime requiring continuing engagement with victims and offenders
4. Establish sure and swift consequences for continued abuse
5. Use the power of the criminal justice system to send messages of help and accountability
6. Act in ways that reduce unintended consequences and the disparity of impact on victims and offenders
There are two versions of the blueprint: one specifically for the City of Saint Paul, and the other for communities across the country to use as a template or guide to create their own customized version.
- The St. Paul Blueprint for Safety, is a prototype that can be used by any community hoping to link its criminal justice agencies together in a coherent, philosophically sound domestic violence intervention model. It contains a number of sections that are particular to the design of the criminal justice system in St. Paul, MN. Available April, 2010.
Finally, a third document, The Blueprint Supplemental Materials Book, will also be posted January 2010. It contains dozens of support materials and training memos fleshing out each of the policies and practices described in The Blueprint for Safety. These materials and memos can be downloaded and used by local communities as training resources and administrative tools for practitioners processing these cases.
- The Blueprint for Safety, a companion piece is designed to be used by those communities that want to adapt the St. Paul blueprint to their local setting. This piece is generic in the sense that it does not outline protocols, procedures, etc. that are specific to any particular community. Additionally, this companion piece includes some suggested practices and policies that were not adopted in St. Paul but are considered to be effective intervention strategies. (Download at bottom of page)
Please note that while the limits of technology require that the document be downloaded in several parts, The Blueprint
is written as a single document with a chapter for each agency. It is
not a collection of good policies; it is a collective policy with each
chapter linked inextricably to the whole. If you would like to speak with someone about how to become a Blueprint community, or would like more information on the Blueprint, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
February and April trainings available to St. Paul (MN) Blueprint agencies and community participants only. *The Blueprint--generic version. File sizes are large; allow extra time for downloading. Open document before attempting to save to your local hard drive.
* Please note: If
you will be attending the training and are not one of the St. Paul
Blueprint agencies, we request that you print out the generic version, read Chapter 1 and the chapter that pertains to your discipline, and
bring them with you to the training. Supplement:
Memos and appendices for all agencies
Chapter 2 911
Chapter 3 Law Enforcement
Chapter 4 County Sheriff
Chapter 5 Prosecution
Chapter 6 Victim/Witness Services
Chapter 7 Probation and Bail
Chapter 8 The Bench and Court Administration