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Joining Forces to Save Lives


The Bend and Redmond Police Departments along with the Deschutes County Sheriffs Department and Saving Grace are developing a collaborative approach to provide immediate services to domestic violence victims.  "The Lethality Assessment Program is a risk assessment tool for domestic violence cases.  And this is a way where by local law enforcement can assess the level of danger in a domestic violence relationship. It's a quick 11-question questionnaire.  And if the victim screens in high, police will automatically direct her to our Saving Grace hotline." Trish Meyer with Saving Grace says the program, funded by some federal grants, will take several weeks to implement with all law enforcement getting the training needed. She adds statistics show there is a 60% reduction in risk of severe assault when victims utilize the services of a domestic violence programs.  For more information you can go to the Saving Grace website www.saving-grace.org.


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