To protect victims, the Racine Police Department will start assessing whether victims in domestic violence situations are at risk of injury or great bodily harm.

Starting Wednesday, the department is using a program called the Lethality Assessment Program when they respond to domestic violence calls. The program helps officers identify whether victims are in potentially lethal situations.

If a victim is determined to be at a higher risk of injury or great bodily harm, the officer will connect the person with a domestic violence hotline advocate. Officers will use questions to determine the person’s risk. If the person meets a high-danger rating, the advocate will help the person with safety planning.

High-danger means the person is at the greatest risk of being killed.

The hotline number to reach an advocate is (262) 633-3233.

 

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