Lethality Assessment Program (LAP)

Maryland Model

The Lethality Assessment Program – Maryland Model (LAP) is a tool designed to reduce risks and save lives. Modeled after a similar program in Maryland, the LAP involves an assessment by law enforcement to determine risks and, if risks are identified, collaboration with community-based victim service providers. Working together, law enforcement officials and victim service providers are better able to support victims with a variety of processes to include, but not limited to, counseling, housing, medical, financial, legal and other needs.

LAP Partners

By order of region, the following agencies have a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, in accordance with the Maryland model, and are implementing the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP):

    Northern Region

    CAPSA – Cache County

    • Cache County Sheriff’s Office
    • Logan City Police Department
    • North Park Police Department
    • Preston Police Department
    • Rich County Sheriff’s Office
    • Smithfield Police Department
    • Utah State University Police Department

    New Hope Crisis Center – Box Elder County

    • Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office
    • Brigham City Police Department
    • Garland City Police Department
    • Tremonton Police Department
    Northern Wasatch Front

    Safe Harbor – Davis County

    • Bountiful City Police Department
    • Centerville Police Department
    • Clearfield Police Department
    • Clinton Police Department
    • Farmington Police Department
    • Kaysville Police Department
    • Layton City Police Department
    • North Salt Lake Police Department
    • Sunset Police Department
    • Syracuse Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • West Bountiful Police Department
    • Woods Cross Police Department

    YCC Family Crisis Center – Weber County

    • Harrisville Police Department
    • North Ogden Police Department
    • Ogden City Police Department
    • Pleasant View Police Department (in progress)
    • Riverdale City Police Department
    • Roy City Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • Weber State University Police Department
    • Weber County Sheriff’s Office
    Salt Lake County

    South Valley Services – Salt Lake County

    • Draper Police Department
    • Riverton Police Department
    • South Jordan Police Department
    • Taylorsville Police Department
    • West Jordan Police Department
    • West Valley City Police Department
    • University of Utah Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • Department of Workforce Services (Workforce Development)
    • International Rescue Committee
    • Journey of Hope
    • Mexican Consulate
    • The Road home—Family Shelter
    • Utah Community Action
    • Volunteers of America

    YWCA – Salt Lake City

    • University of Utah Center for Student Wellness
    • Salt Lake City Police Department – (in progress)
    • South Salt Lake Police Department (in progress)
    Tooele County

    Pathways – Toole County

    • Grantsville Police Department
    • Tooele County Sheriff’s Office
    • Tooele City Police Department (in progress)
    Wasatch Back

    Peace House – Summit & Wasatch County

    • Heber City Police Department
    • Park City Police Department
    • Summit County Sheriff’s Office
    Utah County

    The Refuge (formerly CWCIC) – Utah County

    • Pleasant Grove Police Department
    • Spanish Fork Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department (in progress)
    • Brigham Young University Police Department (in progress)
    Uintah Basin Region

    Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) Advocate and Friends Against Family Violence (FAFV) – Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett Counties

    • Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office
    • Roosevelt City Police Department (in progress)
    • Naples City Police Department
    • Uintah County Sheriff’s Office
    • Vernal City Police Department
    Central Region

    New Horizons – Sevier County

    • Millard County Sheriff’s Office
    • Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
    • Ephraim City Police Department (in progress)
    • Snow College Police Department (in progress)
    Southwest Region

    Canyon Creek Services – Iron County

    • Cedar City Police Department
    • Enoch Police Department
    • Iron County Sheriff’s Office
    • Parowan Police Department
    • Southern Utah University Police Department

    Dove Center – Washington County

    • Dixie State University Police Department
    • Hildale Marshal’s Office
    • St. George Police Department
    • Cherish Families
    Southeast Region

    Seekhaven – Grand County

    • Moab City Police Department
    • Blanding Police Department
    • San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
    • Moab Valley Multicultural Center
    University Partners
    • Utah State University
    • Weber State University
    • University of Utah
    • Southern Utah University
    • Utah Tech University
    • Brigham Young University (in progress)
    • Snow College (in progress)

    Interested in Implementing the LAP?

    Below are a few of the steps Law Enforcement agencies can expect to follow:

    1. Identify your local community-based confidential victim service provider
    2. Conduct a new partner meeting to establish or strengthen your relationship. Meeting topics include:
      • Training and implementation plans
      • Policy considerations for LE agency
      • LAP submissions and data collection requirements
      • Joint completion of both Application and Memorandum of Understanding

    Next steps

    • Jointly complete the LAP application and submit to UDVC for approval (review will occur within two weeks)
    • Once approved you will receive the MOU template to jointly complete and submit to UDVC
    • Attend the Training of Trainers session delivered by LAP experts
    • Ensure all of employees have trained in the LAP prior to the implementation date

    More Info:

    Contact our prevention coordinator, Melissa Haenchen: mhaenchen@udvc.org

    LAP Stats

    24,202 LAP screens in total have been conducted and reported across Utah (2016 – June 2021).

    January 1 – December 31, 2021 (A snapshot of COVID impacts year 2)
    LAP Screens 4,485
    High Danger 3,653
    Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,620
    Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,948
    Case Management 1,453
    Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,123
    Legal Advocacy 895
    Emergency Shelter 702

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    July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 (SFY 20/21)
    LAP Screens 4,227
    High Danger 3,462
    Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,414
    Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,879
    Case Management 1,276
    Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,100
    Legal Advocacy 765
    Emergency Shelter 633

    January 1 – December 31, 2020 (A snapshot of COVID impacts year 1)
    LAP Screens 4,225
    High Danger 3,461
    Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 2,597
    Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,881
    Case Management 1,149
    Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,030
    Legal Advocacy 664
    Emergency Shelter 707

    July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 (SFY 19/20)
    LAP Screens 4,356
    High Danger 3,416
    Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,666
    Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,929
    Case Management 1,046
    Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,133
    Legal Advocacy 585
    Emergency Shelter 828

    July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019 (SFY 18/19)
    LAP Screens 4,440
    High Danger 3,238
    Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,329
    Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,851
    Case Management 783
    Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,184
    Legal Advocacy 555
    Emergency Shelter 639
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