October 28, 2021
For Immediate Release
Director of Donor Stewardship and Marketing
Local Domestic Violence Advocate Receives Award for Her Work With a Tool Preventing Domestic Violence Homicides
Working with law enforcement, Rose Brooks Center provides an immediate connection to services
One survivor surveyed by Rose Brooks Center after being connected to services explains its impact. “It connected me to someone who could help me leave and stay safe. Connecting to resources and learning about domestic violence will follow me forever. An Ex Parte does not give you knowledge, but services do. It’s life changing.”
The awards are being presented virtually today from 3:00 to 4:00pm (CT), with most winners located around Maryland. Recipients have gone above and beyond to develop LAP best practices within their agencies, enhance LAP partnerships within their communities, and/or improve coordination of services for High-Danger intimate partner violence victims with whom the LAP has been conducted. Their actions result in more options and safer communities for victims.
About Rose Brooks Center
Rose Brooks Center offers domestic violence services and programming in the Kansas City Metro area and beyond. While hundreds of individuals and pets find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs. Rose Brooks Center served 14,465 victims of abuse and violence in 2020. This included 8,399 individuals calling their crisis hotline, and 2,732 calls to Rose Brooks Center from police on the scene of highly lethal domestic violence situations, as part of a Lethality Assessment Program. www.rosebrooks.org. Rose Brooks Center’s Hotline number is 816-861-6100.
The Lethality Assessment Protocol is a set of questions based on research from Johns Hopkins University that first responders ask victims when they respond to a domestic violence call. Some of the questions include: “Has your partner ever choked you?” and “Has your partner ever threatened you with a weapon?” If the victim answers questions a certain way, they are considered at high risk for death. If they screen into this category, the first responder immediately places a phone call to a domestic violence agency.
The Lethality Assessment Program is an evidence-based intimate partner homicide prevention model honored as a “promising practice” by the U.S. Department of Justice, and has been studied and validated.