Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PGPD Announces Joint Effort to Help Domestic Assault Victims

Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw joined Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for the ceremonial signing of a new program designed to help victims of domestic abuse. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and representatives from other law enforcement agencies also took part in the event at the Hyattsville Courthouse on October 23.

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence developed the Lethality Assessment Program as a tool to help law enforcement agencies combat domestic violence. It’s designed to connect high risk victims to domestic violence services, such as the hotline for the Family Crisis Center in Prince George's County. The program is an intervention process that features an evidence-based lethality screening tool and an accompanying protocol referral that provides direction for law enforcement, medical professionals, and others to initiate appropriate action based on the results of the screening process. The program will be used to determine the level of danger that a victim of domestic violence or their children faces.

All 30 law enforcement agencies in Prince George's County are committed to using the Lethality Assessment Program to identify those at risk and to assist victims of domestic violence and their children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting... I'm hoping that this is not like the assessment tool that the attorneys use from the House of Ruth! It was not helpful to me as a domestic violence victim. The abuser knew the system & knew how to get around it! Please be sure that someone focus on the criminals that keep slipping through the judicial system with STETS!!! Their prior records should be checked as well --that will also show a pattern!

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