An Interagency Case Assessment Team (ICAT) is a partnership of local agencies that includes police, child welfare, anti-violence programs including community- and policebased victim services, Stopping the Violence counselling and outreach and/or transition houses, healthcare providers, and other agencies. Within communities, this group of service providers collectively receives referrals of suspected highest risk cases of domestic violence and collaboratively identifies risk, and develops victim safety plans and offender management plans with the goal of increasing safety for all.
The first ICAT was established in the North Okanagan in 2010. Since that time, fifty communities in British Columbia have developed an ICAT and are currently reviewing highest risk cases of domestic violence.
In 2015, a research project was undertaken by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC), with funding from the Law Foundation of BC and Legal Services Society, in order to better understand the access to justice and increased safety related outcomes that ICATs are achieving. This information bulletin summarizes the results of that research project.