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Lethality Assessment Program

A Proven Approach - Lethality Assessment Program

PCADV is doing more than just counting domestic violence fatalities. We are trying to prevent them. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, community-based domestic violence programs and local police departments, PCADV implemented the Lethality Assessment Program in 18 counties in 2013. (23 counties participate as of May 2014.)

The Lethality Assessment gives on-scene police officers a brief screening tool to identify domestic violence victims at highest risk of being killed by their abusers. Officers can then connect those victims by phone to immediate assistance at their local domestic violence program. We believe that this approach will reduce future fatalities. Maryland, which pioneered the program, has seen a 34 percent decline in domestic violence fatalities in the last 5 years.

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