Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lethality Assessments Try To Reduce Deadly Domestic Violence Incidents

The Dallas Morning News had a great story on efforts by Dallas Police to intervene in domestic violence cases before these incidents turn deadly.

"You've got to figure out a way to catch that flag - that individual that's escalating to murder," Brown said, cautioning that he didn't want to create a system in which detectives overlooked something just because it didn't show the standard warning signs. "You've got to treat them all as a priority."

Domestic violence cases are often difficult to work as the victims are often reluctant to cooperate with police. Fortunately laws regarding domestic violence have improved over the years to allow prosecution even in cases where the victim will not cooperate.

Here in Bell County we've had a domestic violence task force formed that brings police, prosecutors, social workers and other interested groups together to try and reduce domestic violence and it's effects.

What is your agency doing to reduce domestic violence in your community?

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