Despite the fact that there is no place in the world for domestic violence, this continues to be a problem in many parts of the United States. For this reason, police are looking into what they can to do save the lives of those who have been victims. In Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, in particular, police officers are relying on new initiatives to cut back on this type of trouble.
A new protocol in these three states, known as the Lethality Assessment Program, requires the implementation of mandatory domestic violence training. With this in place, officers who respond to the scene of a domestic violence crime are asked a series of 11 questions to gauge the likelihood of the person eventually being killed by his or her attacker. In the event that the victim answers yes to the first three questions, or four of eight after that, they are immediately provided with a cell phone on which they can call a help line. The entire process only takes about 15 minutes, all without the attacker present.
So far, the policy has produced impressive results in Maryland. Additionally, Pennsylvania has noted that it is helping reduce the number of deaths related to domestic violence. Officers in Columbus, Ohio, are now getting on board with the protocol, hoping to establish the same results.
This is a great way to cut back on the number of domestic violence-related deaths. Three states have picked up on the benefits, and others may follow in their footsteps in the near future.
While police can help victims stay safe, a family law attorney can assist with details such as divorce and child custody.
Source: Care2.com, "How Police Can End Abusive Relationships By Asking The Right Questions" No author given, Jan. 27, 2014