In July 2015, the Fairfax County Police Department partnered with the Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and two local nonprofit groups, Shelter House Inc. and Bethany House of Northern Virginia, to implement the Maryland Model Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). The LAP is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based program with demonstrated success in both strengthening partnerships between law enforcement and domestic violence service providers and connecting victims of domestic violence with lifesaving services. Ultimately, the LAP works to reduce domestic violence fatalities.
Fairfax County implemented use of the LAP in response to data that indicated about half of all Fairfax County homicides were domestic violence-related and none of the murder victims had connected with county resources that potentially could have helped them. After one year, the program has been successful in several ways, results have shown that approximately half of reported domestic violence cases in the past year were determined to be high-risk and the county has witnessed a significant increase in the number of victims who accessed life-saving services following police intervention.
A glimpse of the data shows:
- 71% of the LAP cases involved a history of strangulation
- 64% involved children in the home, with a total of 583 kids witnessing high-danger situations in the home
- 49% of the LAP cases involved a history of stalking
- 76% involved an offender who was violently or constantly jealous or controlled most of the victim’s daily activities
Media are invited to attend. Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police, and Sandy Bromley, Fairfax County Domestic Violence Coordinator of the Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, will share more detailed information about the program’s progress:
WHAT: One-year update on implementation and use of the Lethality Assessment Program
WHEN: Thursday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
CONTACT: PFC Tawny Wright, 703-246-2253