Domestic Abuse Response Team

  • D.A.R.T. began January 1, 1997 and was made possible by a federal grant through the STOP Violence Against Women Act
  • D.A.R.T. uses the “Exchange Theory” and evidence based prosecution to combat domestic violence
  • Waterloo has the first and only dedicated Domestic Abuse Response Team in the State of Iowa
  • The D.A.R.T. members are Police Investigator Stacy Hesse, Seeds of Hope Victim Advocate Brianna Fleming, and Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Michelle Wagner
  • D.A.R.T. works over 450 domestic violence related cases per year with an exceptional conviction rate and a low dismissal rate.
  • The Goals of the DART program
    • Increased arrests for domestic abuse assaults
    • Expanded victim advocacy services
    • Increased number of guilty verdicts obtained
    • Reduction in repeat offenses of domestic violence
    • Increased Criminal Justice System participation
    • Reducing dual arrests by identifying primary aggressor
    • Aggressively prosecute cases without victim cooperation

Contact the Domestic Abuse Response Team at 291-4331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .