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Law enforcement agencies and a domestic violence support program have high hopes that a new program will save lives. It's called The Lethality Assessment Program. It essentially is an agreement between police agencies and Saving Grace that has officers evaluate the risks to victims when they arrive on a scene, and often the officer will make the first call to the help line and give the phone to the victim. They thought they would receive about 160 calls a year, but they are actually getting two calls a day. If that trend continues, that will be more than 700 a year. “We absolutely believe that this will save lives because we are already seeing so many more victims receiving domestic violence services and we know that is what saves lives based on the research.” Trish Meyer is the Assistant Executive Director of Saving Grace.   Nationally, 96% of people killed in domestic violence crimes had not reached out for help. Meyer says local officials believe this program will save lives.

 

 

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