CAPSA has a new tool to fight domestic violence

In September CAPSA (Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse) partnered with the Logan City Police Department to implement a new tool to help reduce domestic violence in the community.

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is an 11-question protocol police officers use to evaluate the risk of homicide among those affected by domestic violence.

“When police officers report to the scene where it is apparent there has been domestic violence involved, they will use this questionnaire, asking questions to evaluate the safety of those impacted,” said CAPSA Development Director James Boyd.

When the program was created in Maryland there was a 30 percent drop in domestic violence homicides the first six years it was implemented.

It is unique in its ability for law enforcement officers to refer people directly to domestic violence advocates and resources.

“This program is very effective for CAPSA because it identifies people at risk that we did not know about before,” said Boyd.

CAPSA and partnering law enforcement agencies are part of four pilot programs around the state to help reduce domestic violence. Funds were allocated from the Utah State Legislature to train and implement the program, with the goal of taking it statewide.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Utah has a higher rate of domestic violence than the national average.

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