Online Originals: New law enforcement protocol in Onslow County aims to reduce domestic violence

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Law enforcement from within Onslow County has partnered with the Onslow Women’s Center to enforce The Lethality Assessment Program.

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) gives law enforcement a research-based checklist of factors to consider when responding to a domestic violence incident. 

If an officer determines a victim is at risk of injury or death after an 11-step questionnaire, the officer will immediately connect that victim to a local domestic violence service provider for support.

“It allows law enforcement to take it a step further. Let’s find out what the cause is and does the victim of domestic violence need further service…” Sheriff Hans Miller, Onslow County Sheriffs Office   

Similar procedures were followed prior, however, the new process better helps officers asses, victims.

“Our crisis hotline would be available for them to call, and if they are in immediate danger then providing shelter for them.” Nora Vargas, Associate Director of Onslow Women’s Center   

To see how the process will work, click the video above only on wnct.com’s Online Originals.

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