Security & Safety Audits
Metston has developed and pioneered the use of the Safety Audit process as a problem solving tool for communities that are interested in more effective intervention in domestic violence cases. The Safety Audit is a tool used by interdisciplinary groups and domestic violence advocacy organizations to further their common goals of enhancing safety and ensuring accountability when intervening in cases involving intimate partner violence. Its premise is that workers are institutionally organized to do their jobs in particular ways, they are guided to do jobs by the forms, policies, philosophy, and routine work practices of the institution in which they work. When these work practices routinely fail to adequately address the needs of people it is rarely because of the failure of individual practitioners. It is a problem with how their work is organized and coordinated. The Audit is designed to allow an interagency team to discover how problems are produced in the structure of case processing and management.