Domestic Violence Training
and Monitoring Unit
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.