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The lethality assessment program: Which survivors of intimate partner violence are most likely to participate?

TitleThe lethality assessment program: Which survivors of intimate partner violence are most likely to participate?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMessing, JT, Campbell, JC, Ward-Lasher, A, Brown, S, Patchell, B, Sullivan Wilson, J
JournalPolicing
Volume39
Pagination64-77
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1363951X (ISSN)
KeywordsDomestic Violence, gender, implementation
Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the differential use of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) – a risk-informed, collaborative police-social service intervention – across female victim-survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) in four police jurisdictions in Oklahoma. Design/methodology/approach – Women visited by the police during the study period participated in semi-structured telephone interviews. Logistic regression was utilized to examine what factors impacted implementation of the LAP. Findings – There was differential use of the intervention based on the following: jurisdiction, severe violence at the incident, perpetrator’s use of a weapon ever in the relationship, PTSD symptomology, and women’s prior protective actions and utilization of domestic violence advocacy services. Research limitations/implications – Future research should examine the decision-making process of survivors and police officers to better elucidate the meaning behind these statistical relationships. Practical implications – PTSD education should be an integral part of police training on domestic violence. In addition, officers should be trained to recognize less injurious, but also damaging, forms of IPV, such as verbal abuse and coercive control. Social implications – While police contact can provide accountability for the offender, the social service system is best equipped to provide safety options for the victim-survivor of violence. Originality/value – Previous research has demonstrated the effectiveness of the LAP. It is important to understand how the intervention is applied in order to better understand who is most assisted by the intervention and what training or education could be beneficial for officers providing the intervention. © 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.