Lethality Assessment Program

Lethality Assessment Program

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) began in Connecticut on September 15, 2012. LAP is an innovative partnership with law enforcement to implement nationally recognized risk assessment strategies to better serve domestic violence victims in the greatest danger.

Modeled after the LAP first piloted in Maryland in 2005, this program is a two-pronged intervention process that makes use of a specialized lethality assessment instrument and an accompanying protocol. Trained police on the scene of a domestic violence call assess a victim’s risk for serious injury or death and can then immediately link those at greatest risk to their local domestic violence advocate for support and safety information.

The Network was eager to start this innovative partnership and did so with the Windsor Locks Police Department in August of 2013.  Currently we are partnered with Windsor Locks, East Windsor and our State Police, Troop C out of Tolland and Troop H out of Hartford.  We look forward to adding the East Windsor Police department in early 2015 and our remaining area police departments soon thereafter.