Danger Assessment: Screening for Lethality in Domestic Violence to Save Lives

Buncombe County Government (BCG), with the help of community partners, the courts, law enforcement and local municipalities, is launching a comprehensive plan to address domestic violence. The plan has 6 main components:

`Lethality Assessments – evaluating danger to victims
`High Risk Team – offender & victim interventions
`Electronic Monitoring – tracking offenders for victim safety
`Focused Deterrence – prevention strategies for previous offenders
`Cross System Dialogue – improving communication
`Public Education Campaign – increasing awareness and community engagement

The goal of the comprehensive plan is to educate, connect and inspire to end violence against women in Buncombe County. An important first step is to train stakeholders in a common lethality assessment. Buncombe County Government and MAHEC are offering a free training on Danger Assessment (DA) on August 5, 2014. The DA is an instrument which helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. The tool was developed by Jacquelyn Campbell with consultation and content validity support from battered women, shelter workers, law enforcement officials, and other clinical experts on battering.

The continuing education program will give participants background and instruction on how to administer the DA to victims, the weighted scoring for the DA, the resulting levels of danger and what kinds of safety strategies are recommended at each level. Participants will be eligible for certification in the DA at the completion of the session and will receive directions on how to obtain and use the certification. DA certification is provided by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the cost is $25 paid to John Hopkins School of Nursing for those who are interested. Attendance to this program is free, but there is a charge for participants who desire Continuing Education Credits provided by MAHEC.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in attending online via GoToWebinar, you must register by August 1st, 2014. Credit for the GoToWebinar session is valid for all audiences except Magistrates who must attend a live session to qualify for credit. Click here for more information.