OFDVI Program Overview
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office formed a Domestic Violence Advisory Council in 2016 as a way to combat the issue of Domestic Violence in Alexander County. The Council, which is made up of a number of members from various agencies, organizations, and community groups, meets monthly to review and develop strategies aimed at reducing recidivism among Domestic Violence offenders.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office began a new program within the agency designed to place more emphasis on the offender and lessen the prosecutorial burden on the victims of Domestic Violence in Alexander County. The program, patterned after the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) developed by former High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner, utilizes an offender classification system and watch-list letter to warn offenders of enhanced enforcement measures and potential criminal penalties they may incur for future acts of Domestic Violence.
The OFDVI program is operated under the direction of Lt. Jason Moore who conducts personal visits with incarcerated Domestic Violence offenders to provide them with a customized classification and warning letter. The letter details the offender’s current classification under the program’s classification matrix (shown below) and warns the offender of actions that the agency will take in response to future acts of aggression. Offender letter data is then reviewed by members of the Advisory Council to help determine future actions to help curb violence. The Advisory Council also meets to discuss ways to utilize community resources to assist victims and help offenders seek treatment.
OFDVI Classification Matrix