Title

Police Officers’ and Victim Advocates’ Perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program

Author URLs

Professor Dutton's, University of New Haven, Faculty Profile.

Professor Tamborra's, University of New Haven, Faculty Profile.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Subject: LCSH

Intimate Partner Violence

Disciplines

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Abstract

This study is a preliminary assessment of police officers’ and victim advocates’ experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), a program involving the collaboration between police departments and domestic violence (DV) agencies designed to prevent fatal and serious DV. Participants included 168 officers from 22 police departments and 63 advocates from 10 DV agencies. Results from online surveys indicated that officers and advocates had favorable perceptions of one another. Officers found the LAP to be less effective as a tool to deal with DV cases than advocates. Analysis of qualitative data revealed that officers and advocates identified a number of positive by-products of the LAP, but officers cited more negative by-products than advocates. Recommendations for policy and future research are provided.

Comments

Full-text of this article is available to the University of New Haven community.

Article originally published in the "Criminal Justice Policy Review" and available for purchase from Sage.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403417740187

Publisher Citation

Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T. L., & Pittman, M. (2019). Police Officers’ and Victim Advocates’ Perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 30(7), 1023–1042. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403417740187

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