violence1 300PADUCAH, Ky. (5/7/13) – The Power of Partnership! Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, along with the Paducah Police Department and McCracken County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a grant through the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence to ensure Paducah’s citizens are safe. The training grant provides training and technical assistance necessary to administer and implement the Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP).
 
The LAP is a cutting-edge approach to combating domestic violence through a comprehensive response of law enforcement and service providers like the Merryman House.
 
“What we know about domestic violence tells us that when a victim reaches out for help, her risk of serious harm or even death increases. We are very fortunate to have the chance to join hands local law enforcement in a way we have never been able to before,” said Mary Foley, Executive Director of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center.
 
Once trained, officers who are dispatched to domestic disputes will immediately screen victims for their risk of lethality using a standard, research-based protocol. Victims who screen in as “high risk for lethality” are provided additional support by the responding officer who contacts the Merryman House on behalf of the victim in an attempt to try to connect victims to services.
 
“We see the effects of domestic violence almost on a daily basis in one form or another,” says Sheriff Jon Hayden of McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. “We hope that this program will enable us to make sure that no victim of domestic violence falls through the cracks and will be offered the help or assistance that they may need.”
 
“The Paducah Police Department has been tracking domestic violence for over three years,” says Chief James Berry. “It is a top priority in our community, and we believe that the LAP program will be a tremendous asset in reducing victimization relevant to domestic and family violence.” The program launches May 16, 2013.
 
The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence and their children. A hotline worker can be reached 24-hours per day at 1-800-585-2686.
 
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