CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – Law enforcement offices in Douglas County are working with domestic violence advocates to protect more victims.
The idea is to try and get officers to prevent deaths related to domestic violence through a program called Lethality Assessment.READ MORE: Girl Scout Delivers Homemade 'Ear Savers' To Elementary Students For More Comfortable Mask Wearing
Officers will sit down with domestic violence victims and take them through a series of questions and determine their risk.READ MORE: Colorado Day Of Remembrance Honors Those Who Lost Their Lives To COVID
“What we’re learning, is that it becomes very impactful for a police officer to sit with a victim of domestic violence and tell them that, ‘You are in high danger of being killed by your domestic partner,'” said Castle Rock Chief Jack Cauley. “That’s very impactful and a very powerful statement to hear from law enforcement.”
If a victim is determined to be at that high risk, officers immediately get them in touch with resources and a safe place.MORE NEWS: A Year After COVID Death, Mike Farley's Family Mourns Lost Opportunities
Last year Douglas County had 800 calls relating to domestic violence.