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Thursday, April 29, 2010

D.V. shelters running out of room

Shelter

Recently, we had a post about KCPD and its new Lethality Assessment Protocol -- a checklist of questions that police ask on domestic-violence calls. The questions help predict whether a victim is likely to face more violence or even death. The police got great response after a trial run.

There was an unexpected side effect, though: Local D.V. shelters are overrun with victims who need a place to stay. It's so bad that Rose Brooks Center, a shelter serving people south of the river, is launching an emergency campaign to raise money for a new addition. Christine Vendel has the whole story here.

The Lethality Assessment Protocol got its start in Maryland, where they've seen a 13 percent drop in D.V. homicides over the past three years. Harvard University has recognized it as a "top innovation" by a government agency. Research shows that getting help with programs like Safehome or Rose Brooks dramatically reduces the risk that a person will end up dead. But only 4 percent of people in those situations actually get help.

More about the LAP here! And here's a link to Rose Brooks' site.

Hat Tip: Many thanks, Keith G in PV!

Photo: The Rose Brooks Center, which last year turned away more than 2,300 women and children, is launching an emergency fundraising drive to build another wing. Shelter supervisor Ramona Murray recently stood in a room that houses several women.

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