Two new ICADV reports talk about domestic violence fatalities in Indiana and the participation by law enforcement in lethality assessment programs. The Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report 2011/2012 shows 100 deaths in 2011/2012. During 2011 and 2012, the state of Indiana lost 100 men, women and children in 77 incidents of intimate partner violence. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence convened the Indiana Domestic Violence Fatality Review Advisory Council and began the systematic review of these 100 confirmed fatalities with the dual goals of understanding the factors that led up to these deaths and learning from them in order to prevent further deaths. The Advisory Council’s report is the end result of 18 months of diligent work by a council of stakeholders and includes the council’s final recommendations for system changes and advocacy actions we believe will prevent future homicides.
Lethality Assessment Program semi-annual report discusses the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), a collaborative partnership where members of law enforcement use a research based lethality assessment screening tool with victims of domestic violence, and connect those individuals determined to be at high risk for lethal level violence with the domestic violence program serving their community. The goal of the LAP is to prevent domestic violence homicides, serious injury and reassault by encouraging more victims to use the shelter, counseling, advocacy and support services of domestic violence programs. Currently in the state, nine domestic violence provider programs partner with 60 law enforcement jurisdictions in 18 counties in using the Lethality Assessment Protocol. The Semi Annual LAP Report demonstrates the regular use and effectiveness of the program in those jurisdictions where it’s utilized. This report is for the first half of 2016.