Current Projects and Initiatives

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The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) is currently engaged in the following projects related to the Lethality Assessment Program—Maryland Model (LAP).

OVW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER
Funded by the Office on Violence Against Women

The OVW Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Technical Assistance and Training Project addresses the targeted purpose of providing training and technical assistance (TA) to OVW grantees and sub-grantees across the country on implementing lethality/risk assessments (specifically the LAP) to reduce domestic violence incidents, including domestic violence related homicides. The target audiences for this project are law enforcement agencies, and domestic violence service programs (DVSPs).

This project (1) provides LAP implementation training to partnering teams of law enforcement agencies and domestic violence programs; (2) provides LAP re-training to implementing agencies; 3) provides LAP technical assistance to gather information and determine and monitor implementation status, enhancements, and modifications; 4) promotes the LAP as a nationally recognized homicide prevention model; and 5) enhances partnerships and collaboration with other national TA providers and stakeholders to improve the delivery and coordination of TA and training to agencies.

EXPANDED SERVICES
Funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

MNADV is invested in exploring new innovations for increasing victim safety. Maryland serves as the incubator for LAP best practices, exploring the usefulness and viability of adaptations to and expansions of the model and their potential application to national jurisdictions. New practices have evolved, such as telephone and in-person follow-up with High-Danger victims, and the LAP has expanded into new settings, such as the courts and hospitals.

MNADV provides training and technical assistance to expand the LAP to Maryland State Departments, hospitals, domestic violence service programs that conduct screening during hotline calls (known as DVSP-Initiated screening), and counties that administer Screens during Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs).

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION INITIATIVE
Funded by the Office on Violence Against Women

MNADV, in partnership with the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center (JGCC) of Massachusetts, Casa de Esperanza, and the Asian-Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence serve as the technical assistance provider for the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative (DVHP Initiative) award from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

This award, the first of its kind, replicates LAP and JGCC’s Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) model in communities throughout the country. The DVHP Initiative seeks to identify the key components of homicide reduction strategies and determine how to adapt as well as reproduce those strategies nationwide. Both models are leading promising practices in homicide prevention and are based on the foundational research of Dr. Campbell’s Danger Assessment. Click here to learn more on Dr. Campbell’s research and publications.

Phase 1 Participating Sites

  • Boston, MA
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Cuyahoga County, OH
  • Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Palm Beach County, FL
  • Pitt County, NC
  • Rockdale County, GA
  • Westchester, NY
  • Winnebago, IL
  • North Charleston, SC

Phase 2 Participating Sites

  • Pitt County, NC to implement LAP
  • Contra Costa County, CA to implement LAP
  • Winnebago, IL to implement LAP
  • Miami, FL to implement LAP
  • Cleveland, OH to implement DVHRT

For more information on the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing domestic violence homicides, go here.

For more information on the March 13, 2013 Announcement Event, go here.

 

 

 

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