Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) is currently offering an opportunity for comprehensive domestic violence programs and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country to partner in a new, effective way that improves the response to high danger victims of domestic violence.
The Department of Justice has awarded a one-year Edward Byrne Memorial Grant to MNADV to provide cost-free train-the-trainer instruction and technical assistance to partnering law enforcement agencies and community based domestic violence programs in five regions of the nation to implement the Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in their jurisdictions and expand the LAP to other areas in their state.
The LAP, developed by the MNADV, is a two-pronged first responder intervention process that makes use of a specialized lethality assessment instrument and an accompanying protocol. Trained police officers on the scene of a domestic violence call assess a victim’s risk for serious injury or death using the one-of-a-kind Lethality Assessment Screen and immediately link "high-risk" victims to the community-based domestic violence hotline in their area.
The LAP enables police officers and local domestic violence service providers to work as equal partners in a more coordinated, communicative, and cooperative manner to engage victims who would, otherwise, be unlikely to seek the support of domestic violence services. The LAP is the only program of its kind in the nation and was recently recognized by Harvard University’s Ash Institute as one of the "Top 50" Innovations in American Government programs.
Download the LAP Training and Technical Assistance Application here.
Learn more about the LAP program here.