Lincoln Staff Receive Domestic Violence Awareness Training

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Lincoln University, Pa. - Lincoln University staff recently received training in the Lethality Assessment Program to protect the safety of victims of domestic violence.

LAP is a comprehensive protocol followed by police when responding to domestic violence calls. The goal is to reduce the danger level for victims and to reduce domestic-related fatalities. The purpose of the assessment is to improve response to victims, to respond to high-danger situations, and to improve communication between law enforcement and service providers.

LAP uses a series of screening questions that have been proven to be strong predictors of both past and future extreme violence. The assessment tool allows the responder to identify potentially increasingly violent or lethal situations and to offer choices to empower the victim that seek safety.

Lincoln staff representatives from Public Safety, Title IX, and the Women’s Center participated in the June 7 training.

Participants in the Lethality Assessment Program at Lincoln University include Katelynn Duca, Kevin Thompson, Matthew Cordone, Belinda Madison, Brielle Hanafin, Dolly Wideman-Scott, and Rodger Ollis. The training took place June 7, 2016 in Lincoln University, Pa.

The training was sponsored by Lincoln University Women’s Center and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Dolly Wideman-Scott and Brielle Hanafin from the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County and Sgt. Rodger Ollis from the Coatesville Police Department conducted the training.

There are 35 police departments in Chester County that have been trained on how to implement the LAP protocol and 30 of those departments are actively using LAP, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Article by Shelley Mix. Photo by Rachel Manson