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.

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Officers will sit down with domestic violence victims and take them through a series of questions and determine their risk.

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“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.”

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If a victim is determined to be at that high risk, officers immediately get them in touch with resources and a safe place.

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Last year Douglas County had 800 calls relating to domestic violence.