Hundreds of lives are saved due to evidence-based Lethality Assessment Program.
Salt Lake City, Utah – More than 150 lethality assessments have been initiated with victims of domestic violence in Utah since implementation of the Lethality Assessment Program in July. The majority of individuals screened were found to be at high risk of danger. As a result, they were immediately connected with a domestic violence advocate, accessed services and, in many cases, removed themselves from high danger situations.
“The Lethality Assessment Program is good for Utah,” said Representative Edward Redd. “It connects victims of domestic violence, who are at high risk of danger – specifically homicide – with life-saving services. Additionally, the protocol reduces risks for all parties involved in domestic and intimate partner violence situations.”
Hundreds of law enforcement, victim services, criminal justice and social services professionals have been trained on the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) and hundreds more await training and desire participation. Currently, seven law enforcement agencies and eight victim services providers in four pilot regions across the State are utilizing the protocol. Although not one of the pilot agencies, Woods Cross Police Department is also implementing the LAP.
“LAP has improved our relationship with community partners and, subsequently, has improved outcomes for individuals and families,” said Detective J.C. Holt of West Jordan Police Department. “We recently had the opportunity to help a victim of severe violence and stalking by offering her and her family a safe place to stay for a few weeks. She now knows we are all here to support her and her family.”
Utah Statistics: http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/domestic-violence/
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