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.
A community using the Duluth Model approach:
Has taken the blame off the victim and placed the accountability for abuse on the
Has shared policies and procedures for holding offenders accountable and keeping
victims safe across all agencies in the criminal and civil justice systems from 911 to the
Prioritizes the voices and experiences of women who experience battering in the
creation of those policies and procedures.
Believes that battering is a pattern of actions used to intentionally control or
dominate an intimate partner and actively works to change societal conditions that
support men’s use of tactics of power and control over women.
Offers change opportunities for offenders through court-ordered educational groups
Has ongoing discussions between criminal and civil justice agencies, community
members and victims to close gaps and improve the community’s response to
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