The Driving Change Conference will provide training to communities and organizations focused on the identification of and response to high risk domestic violence cases.

Core concepts and outcomes of the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model℠ will be presented, providing practical, hands-on training for advocates, law enforcement, probation, prosecutors and criminal justice professionals interested in a coordinated response to the most dangerous cases.

The goal of the Driving Change Conference is to provide communities with the information and knowledge they need to transform their response and to explore innovative approaches and emerging issues in domestic violence homicide prevention.

Learn More About the Model – DVHRT.ORG

“The 2013 Driving Change Conference in Boston was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended.”

John F. Wilkinson, Attorney AdvisorÆquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape


The Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model requires a multidisciplinary effort that brings together advocates, law enforcement, probation, prosecutors and criminal justice professionals. To get the most from the conference please consider attending the conference with partners from your community. Group registration rates are available for four or more members.

Please note: The conference is designed for the sole purpose of providing training to those people employed by governmental or non-profit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, victim’s advocacy, probation, parole, health care, social work, and those who work directly with victims of domestic violence.

The management of the conference reserves the right to refuse admission to any individual who does not meet these criteria.  If you have any questions regarding your qualifications to attend this conference, please contact Lindsey Smagula at lsmagula@jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org.


The reference number for this conference is OVW-2016-MU-001. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file.” This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.

The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference. Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

  • Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (CLSSP)
  • Grants to Support Families in the Justice System
  • Legal Assistance for Victims
  • State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions
  • Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program

Grantees from the Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program and the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Order Program can attend the conference and do not have to contact their program specialists but they cannot send more than four participants. STOP Program grantees may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact OVW for prior approval. STOP subgrantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.


We have applied for continuing education credits, please check back for more information.


Attendees are encouraged to visit the Office for Victims of Crime website to apply for Professional Development Scholarships to attend the conference. For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please contact OVC TTAC at 866-682-8822 or visit the OVC TTAC Website.