Milwaukee County has embarked on an exciting initiative to implement the Maryland Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) county-wide. The LAP is an emerging best practice to teach police officers the indicators of potentially lethal domestic violence and victim risk assessment techniques, and implement a follow up protocol that connects high lethality risk victims with an advocate while officers are still on the scene.
Dr. Jackie Campbell conducted an extensive study which revealed that only 4% of women victims of DV homicide or attempted homicide had ever sought shelter at a domestic violence program, despite the fact that such services are a protective factor against DV homicide. The LAP, developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, works to close that gap and connect high-risk victims to life-saving advocacy services from the moment they reach out to police. The protocol can also be adapted for use by other first responders, such as emergency room doctors.
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