The Crisis Center collaborates with Douglas County law enforcement on the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), an evidenced-based assessment which shows the lethal risk of a victim by their offender in a domestic violence call. Based upon the victim’s answers to the assessment, it will show if the victim is at greater risk for homicide. The officer will then contact the Crisis Center advocate and the victim may choose to speak with the advocate at that time. This immediate intervention by police and the Crisis Center proves to have positive impact on victim safety and ultimately save lives.
More victims are connected with local services; victims experience less frequent and less severe violence and engaged more often in proactive actions; and Victims in were also significantly more satisfied with police response. Given that national LAP data shows significant safety enhancements for victims of domestic violence and a decrease in domestic violence related homicides, we know we are saving lives.