Grants to Help Local Programs Partner with Law Enforcement

Dec 23, 2008

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) is offering an opportunity for domestic violence programs around the country and their local law enforcement agencies to partner to improve the response to high-danger victims of domestic violence.

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded a one-year Edward Byrne Memorial Grant to MNADV to provide free train-the-trainer instruction and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and community-based domestic violence programs in five regions to implement the Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in their jurisdictions and expand the LAP to other areas in their states.

Developed by the MNADV, the LAP is a two-pronged first responder intervention process that uses a specialized lethality assessment instrument and 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 “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 support from 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.  For more information about the program, click here.

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