Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART)

Through L.A.’s Domestic Abuse Response Teams program, trained victim advocates partner with the LAPD to provide services and support to Angelenos affected by domestic violence. MFLA’s expansion of this proven pilot model ensured that any survivor of Domestic Violence had access to the same resources.


victims served on-scene with LAPD, through walk-ins, hotline calls, and referrals


victims served through crisis intervention


additional victims reached through phone, e-mails, and in-person

MFLA support expanded this vital victim advocacy program to all 21 LAPD divisions, which then became fully funded with government resources into the future.

The Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART) program is an established network of specially-trained victim advocates that partners with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

A close collaboration between a nonprofit that provides advocate training and individual LAPD divisions, the DART program offers services to victims including case management, advocacy, transportation, counseling, crisis intervention, medical advocacy, referrals to shelters, legal services, and assistance in obtaining restraining orders.

Until 2015, DART teams were only available to respond in 10 of the LAPD’s 21 divisions. With support through the Fund, DART was expanded to all 21 divisions in July 2015. In 2016, DART served more than 6,500 survivors of domestic abuse across the city. October 2017 saw more support arrive for DART through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Key Impact

Expanded DART teams from 10 to 21 LAPD Divisions; and
43 DART trainings offered to 799 trainees.

Issue Area



Los Angeles Police Department
Mayor’s Office

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