Police Departments’ Use of the Lethality Assessment Program: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation
Department of Justice (DOJ), 2014
This quasi-experimental evaluation examined the effectiveness of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), a collaboration between police and social service providers that aimed to decrease rates of repeat, severe, lethal and near-lethal domestic violence while increasing rates of emergency safety planning and help-seeking. Under LAP, a police officer responding to the scene of a domestic violence incident uses a brief 11-item risk assessment in order to identify victims at high risk for homicide victimization. Women who screen as high risk are put in immediate telephone contact with a collaborating social service provider who assists them with advocacy, safety planning, and referral services. Overall, the evaluation concluded that although additional research is needed on LAP, it shows promise as an evidence-informed intervention that increases survivors’ safety and empowers them to make self-care decisions.