How is the LAP Making an Impact in Maryland?
Over the past seven years, Maryland law enforcement identified 29,553 (53%) high-danger victims through the LAP and of this group, 16,762 (57%) spoke on the phone to a hotline worker. Of those who spoke to a hotline worker, 5,213 (31%) availed themselves of additional program services (MNADV 4th Quarter Narrative Report 2012), which represents a significant increase over the 4% of homicide victims who utilized the services of domestic violence programs within the year prior to their death (Sharps et al., 2001). At a time when some states are reporting record high spikes in domestic violence murders, Maryland has witnessed a 34% drop in intimate partner homicides between July 2007 and June 2012.
NEW! Maryland LAP Departments Project
The new Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) LAP Departments Project will provide domestic violence policy and curriculum review and intensive training and technical assistance on domestic violence and the MNADV Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in three Maryland state departments:
- Department of Human Resources (DHR)
- Department of Juvenile Services (DJS)
- Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS)
The goal of the project is to ensure appropriate domestic violence policies and procedures within department programs to improve victim safety and abuser accountability, provide information and resources to staff and abuse victims, and promote implementation of the LAP to identify and refer high risk victims to services. The MNADV will provide guidance and technical assistance to department staff and will collect outcome data to measure effectiveness.