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to provide opportunities for retraining, if necessary. Similarly, organizations should identify incentives and rewards for exemplary performance.

f.Criminal justice, legal, and judicial agencies should develop mechanisms to monitor and improve the implementation of their agency policy/protocol.

This includes regular and ongoing supervisory review of reports, case files, supervision and/or service plans; the development of systems of crime analysis and case management; the development of measures for tracking adjournments in contemplation of dismissal; the development of plans for regular policy review and revision; the development of surveys of victims to assess their experiences with the system; and the assignment of domestic violence cases to experienced, rather than novice, staff.

g.Organizational policies/protocols should identify at least one person, preferably a team, to coordinate training and implementation activities, and to participate in case management teams, interagency meetings, and community task forces or coalitions.

Ideally, such representatives will have sufficient authority to enter into joint decision-making and mutual agreements.

h.As part of participating in domestic violence task forces or coalitions, criminal justice agencies, probation and other community corrections agencies, and courts should develop interagency agreements that provide mechanisms for effective communication and case management.

Written interagency protocols or agreements should be developed between contingent elements of the criminal justice, legal, and judicial systems. Again, it should be noted that such protocols exist to establish clear lines of communication and accountability, and in no way reflect a prejudgement of the facts in any given case. Similar agreements should be developed with other institutions and community agencies (i.e., domestic violence service providers, victim advocates, emergency medicine, hospitals and health care providers, child protective, mental health). These agreements should form a basis for clear communication, shared expectations, and reinforcing responses.

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