Bill would help police during domestic violence calls

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 13, 2017 8:11 AM

(Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record)

(Harrisburg) -- Police who respond to domestic violence calls would be better able to determine the seriousness of the situation under a bill to be introduced in the state House. 

The bill would require additional training for police officers to determine the likelihood that a domestic violence incident could escalate to serious injury or death.

State Representative Kate Klunk says her bill would establish a Lethality Assessment Program for officers to gauge the level of threat involved.

"If there is an elevated risk, the officer states that he or she is going to place a call to a domestic violence shelter where that individuial can seek assistance.  The police officer does not require the individual to seek assistance, only  encourages them to do so," Klunk said.

The bill also includes grants to help pay for training and equipment. 

Klunk says a similar program in Maryland has resulted in a 25 percent reduction in domestic violence-related homicides in the last 6 years.  

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