Safelight is working hard with our local law enforcement to link survivors to our supportive resources even faster including our partners with Fletcher Police Department, Hendersonville Police Department, Laurel Park Police Department, and the Henderson County Sheriff's Department. We are together bringing the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) through the North Carolina Department of Justice and into Henderson County in 2022.
The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is an evidenced based model (out of Maryland) supported by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide a standard of practice to reduce intimate partner homicide, increase victim safety and enhances collaboration in our community. The purpose is to save lives by connecting victims to lifesaving community-based services, hold abuser accountable and create awareness of lethality factors for victims in our community. The first responding law enforcement officer immediately connects the victim to the local domestic violence service provider (Safelight) for emergency safety planning and enhanced service provision. This helps Safelight to respond, assess and connect survivors to our advocates with resources for our programs and services.
Safelight is also providing law enforcement with stuffed black bears to keep in their vehicles to give out to children who have experienced or witnessed domestic/interpersonal violence or abuse.