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Louisville's Lethality Assessment Program aims to protect domestic violence victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Thursday morning, Louisville showcased a program designed to help victims

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a joint partnership between The Center for Women and Families and LMPD.

LAP is used by police and other first responders to identify high-risk domestic violence victims and prevent continued abuse by encouraging victims to use shelter, counseling and support services available at The Center.

"Once officers do identify someone as being at high-risk, they will immediately contact a crisis counselor at the Center for Women and Families and they will work with them to get the victim on the phone with a crisis counselor," said Steve Conrad, chief of Louisville Metro Police.

Studies show that the support services of domestic violence programs can save lives and reduce assaults, but programs continue to be underutilized because victims are not aware of the services.

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