Let’s Expose Violence at Home

Family violence happens behind closed doors every day.

As a fan of transparency in business, it wasn’t too much of a leap for me to see how transparency could change the game on one of the most dangerous and misunderstood societal challenges: domestic violence.

Behind closed doors, women and children are terrorized by a criminal who thrives on secrecy. Let’s bring the secret out into the open. For starters, let’s look at this problem from the proper perspective. Stop focusing on her and what she should do, and start focusing on him.*

The fact of the matter here is we have data on these criminals. We know who they are. We can study that data and use it to inform families and the community about how likely they are to reoffend, or how well they’ll respond to treatment or the threat of incarceration. Analyzing the data reveals truths that are not otherwise obvious; it informs us where and how we need to protect the most vulnerable first.

At Big Mountain Data, we’ve watched with rapt interest how a city in North Carolina brought together an ecosystem comprising law enforcement, criminal justice, schools, hospitals, women’s shelters, and counselors to shine a light on this dark problem, and hold offenders accountable. Going on six years, this city has set records for reductions in recidivism and intimate partner homicide. The process begins with analyzing the data and exposing the perpetrators.

A peculiar thing happens once a community holds domestic violence offenders accountable: they stop offending. Families stay together. Children don’t grow up in violent households and perpetuate this heinous injustice.

*Although some women are violent partners, the overwhelming majority of these crimes are committed by men.