Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
(401) 729-4480 telephone
The Rhode Island
Supreme Court Domestic Violence Training and Monitoring Unit (DV Unit) was
formed with the passage of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 1988 and
placed under the administration of the State Court Administrator. The DV Unit's
principal responsibilities are the development, printing, dissemination, and
collection of the legislatively mandated DV/SA (Domestic Violence/Sexual
Assault) reporting form for the purpose of establishing accurate data on the
extent and severity of domestic violence, sexual assaults, and child molestation
incidents which include arrests and non-arrests.
As mandated, all
law enforcement that respond to or investigate any case of domestic violence,
sexual assault, or child molestation must complete a DV/SA form. The forms are
delivered to the DV Unit and are entered into a database that stores the
information on all cases and provides statistics that are used by law
enforcement and many research outlets.
The DV Unit works
closely with the Rhode Island State Police and each police department as well as
collaborating with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Day
One, Office of the Attorney General, Department of Health, and the Public
Safety Grants Administration Office relative to policy and training matters
associated with domestic violence, sexual assault, and child molestation.