Lethality Assessment Program
The LAP is a multi-pronged intervention that consists of a standardized, evidence-based lethality assessment instrument and accompanying referral protocol that helps first responders provide access to resources that can increase safety and reduce risk to High-Danger victims. The screen is adapted from Dr. Campbell’s Danger Assessment, an instrument used by clinicians and counselors to assess a victim’s risk of being killed by an intimate partner.
Upon completion of the Lethality Screen, the victim is immediately referred to victim services based on the dangerousness of the situation. Many victims aren’t able to recognize the risk of danger so the LAP screen provides an opportunity to increase awareness, discuss resources and safety strategies, and an opportunity for responders to voice concern for the victim’s safety. Even victims who do not score as “high danger” at the time the LAP screen is administered, they receive valuable information about warning signs, risk factors and referrals to victim services resources.
DOVE Center LAP Partners
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC): udvc.org