2012.04.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Michael E. Cich-Jones - Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
phone: 402.210.2195 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Nonprofit and UNO Students Team Up to End Domestic Violence
Omaha - The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) of Greater Omaha and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will unveil an online data collection system, which has the potential to save countless lives in the Omaha metro, on Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at UNO’s Peter Kiewit Institute, 1110 S. 67th St.
Since January 2012, DVCC staff, community agencies and criminal justice groups have collaborated with 15 students enrolled in a UNO Management of Information Systems Masters capstone class to develop UniteDVCC, an internet-database system to collect statistics from more than nine agencies. Currently, data for these agencies is collected using fax machines and email systems, which are then stored in plastic binders.
“We are continually improving the systemic response to domestic violence and need to show that each improvement has a positive impact on victims receiving services and offenders being held accountable,” said Tara L. Muir, DVCC executive director.
Data from these agencies is used to determine local and federal funding, assess the effectiveness of current services and reveal what services victims still need. These agencies, including the Omaha Police Department, Women’s Center for Advancement and Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, provide essential services, such as advocacy and protections orders, to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Lt. Trevor O’Brien of the Omaha Police Department brought the idea to the DVCC Community Response Team, a group of local and state agencies coordinating services for victims. O’Brien worked with UNO Professor Gert-Jan "GJ" de Vreede on a similar project for Project Harmony. O’Brien serves on the DVCC Governing Board.
“Dr. GJ DeVreede has been instrumental in the collaboration of the project,” O’Brien said. “His support and belief in [DVCC] is why we were able to partner with UNO.”
DeVreede teaches the Masters capstone class and advised the students throughout the project.
“If our team in any way helped to create a resource which eventually leads to decreases in domestic violence, we have accomplished a great mission,” said Jeff Fredricks, a student who worked on the project.
The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Greater Omaha is a nonprofit organization coordinating the community response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the Omaha metropolitan area. The DVCC was founded in 1996 and recently celebrated 15 years of bringing hope, healing and justice to victims.
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