Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S02-03-05
Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO)
Issue Date:29 July 1999Effective Date:30 July 1999
Index Category:Human Rights and Community Partnerships
This directive:
  • A.establishes the role of the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO) within each district.
  • B.provides general information and guidelines for the implementation of the DVLO.
  • C.describes the DVLO's general responsibilities.
II.General Information
The Chicago Police Department recognizes that partnership and targeted problem solving are pivotal to reducing domestic violence crime in our communities. The role of the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO) is designed to facilitate police/community domestic violence partnerships and problem solving at the district level. By actively engaging the community and serving as a district-based resource on domestic violence issues for field officers and the community, the DVLO is the key to a coordinated police/community response to domestic violence.
The DVLO's responsibilities include:
  • A.providing periodic roll call training for district personnel on Department policy, legal issues, and other matters relating to domestic violence.
  • B.maintaining current district reference materials on domestic violence related laws, Department policies, and training materials.
  • C.providing information about available domestic violence related resources and services to officers and the community to facilitate problem solving for domestic violence and to assist in making appropriate referrals for victims.
  • D.supporting Area Detective Division follow-up investigations of domestic violence incidents by:
    • 1.identifying and informing the Area Domestic Violence Coordinator of multiple case reports from the same location.
    • 2.problem solving and sharing information on district-based domestic violence issues.
  • E.acting as the district liaison to district-based service providers and community members on domestic violence issues.
  • F.having knowledge of computerized domestic violence information and providing this information to beat officers, District Advisory Councel (DAC) Domestic Violence Subcommittee members, beat meetings, and the community.
  • G.informing and, when necessary, consulting with the Domestic Violence Operations Coordinator (DVOC), through the chain of command, on recurring domestic violence issues or problems at the district level.
  • H.coordinating and consulting with the DVOC, through the chain of command, prior to initiating new domestic violence related programs or projects.
  • I.attending periodic training updates developed by the DVOC in order to remain informed of changes in criminal statutes, Department policy, and other domestic violence related issues.
  • J.other duties as identified by the district commander.
IV.DAC Domestic Violence Subcommittees
  • A.The development and structure of any Domestic Violence Subcommittee will, under a problem-solving strategy, vary according to a district's needs and resources available.
  • B.At a minimum, any Domestic Violence Subcommittee should include the DVLO, a community representative, and any domestic violence service providers or other appropriate partners working within the district boundaries or the surrounding area.
  • C.In those districts that have Domestic Violence Subcommittees, the DVLO will:
    • 1.serve as the district representative on the Domestic Violence Subcommittee.
    • with the subcommittee members on a regular basis to facilitate community/police problem solving on domestic violence as it exists at the district level.
  • D.In those districts that do not have a Domestic Violence Subcommittee, the DVLO will:
    • 1.serve as a resource to the DAC on domestic violence issues.
    • 2.assist community members in the development of a DAC Domestic Violence Subcommittee if domestic violence is identified as a community priority.
    • 3.coordinate with any local domestic violence service providers or other appropriate partners in developing community awareness on domestic violence.
Terry G. Hillard
Superintendent of Police
97-018 MLS (MLS)