About Our Homicide Prevention Work

Extensive research into domestic violence homicides has revealed certain indicators that are predictive of experiencing future lethal or near-lethal domestic violence. For the past several years, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has received funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice to provide training, support, and assistance to Wisconsin communities with the goal of preventing and reducing domestic violence homicides.

Part of this work is through implementation of the Lethality Assessment Program – Maryland Model, or LAP. This program involves law enforcement officers utilizing an 11-item evidence-based questionnaire to gauge the level of danger in intimate partner violence cases. Officers then follow a referral protocol to connect survivors assessed to be in high danger to domestic violence programs immediately, before leaving the scene. The LAP process also helps survivors know what to look out for should their situation begin to escalate, and it improves coordination and collaboration between law enforcement agencies and domestic violence programs.

More information about this program can be found on the LAP website, https://lethalityassessmentprogram.org, or by downloading this LAP Overview.

Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Application Options

If your community is interested in receiving training and implementing the LAP, please download and submit the appropriate application below.

The New County or Community LAP Application is for areas in Wisconsin where neither a domestic violence program nor any of the law enforcement agencies in their service area have received LAP training from End Abuse or the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

The LAP Expansion Application is for areas of the state where a domestic violence program is trained and implementing the LAP with at least one law enforcement agency. Any additional law enforcement agencies in that domestic violence program’s service area that want to adopt the LAP must follow the steps outlined in the LAP Expansion Application.

Contact End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s Homicide Prevention Program Director Sara Krall with questions: sarak@endabusewi.org.

Housing as Homicide Prevention

While law enforcement are important partners in responding to and intervening in dangerous domestic violence situations, we know that for many survivors calling law enforcement is not considered a viable solution. A perpetual barrier and challenge we know survivors face is the difficulty of achieving long-term economic stability, an aspect of which includes access to safe, affordable housing. Another facet of our homicide prevention work involves developing and enhancing relationships between domestic violence programs and housing and homelessness service providers in partnership with the Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care.

Domestic violence advocacy services have been shown to lead to survivors experiencing less violence over time, less difficulty accessing community resources, increased social support, and higher quality of life[1]. Widening the range of service providers who are both knowledgeable about lethality risk factors and who have established relationships with domestic violence advocates will improve survivor access to individualized crisis intervention and long-term support.

[1] Allen NE, Bybee DI, Sullivan CM. Battered women’s multitude of needs: Evidence supporting the need for comprehensive advocacy. Violence Against Women. 2004;10:1015–1035. doi: 10.1177/1077801204267658

Homicide Publications

Homicide Reports

Since 2000, End Abuse has chronicled and analyzed domestic violence-related killings in our state by publishing an annual Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report. Our intent with producing these reports is twofold – to honor and remember the victims of domestic violence homicide, and to help Wisconsin communities further identify opportunities for intervention and prevention by highlighting notable data trends. See https://www.endabusewi.org/resources/ for all of our published homicide reports.

Homicide Response Plan

End Abuse facilitates connections with domestic violence programs in Wisconsin prior to and in the wake of a domestic violence homicide. Our Homicide Response Plan provides a framework for domestic violence programs and their community partners to guide their collective response to domestic violence-related homicide incidents.

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End Abuse provides a variety of educational opportunities to advocates, law enforcement, legislators, and community members to enable them to better serve survivors throughout WI.
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Legal Services
Our legal team is a leader in educating advocates, attorneys, judges and others on the best responses to domestic abuse. In addition, we advocate for changes in laws and legal practices to improve the legal system for survivors.
Human Trafficking Awareness
End Abuse provides resources, training and technical assistance to programs serving domestic violence survivors, including survivors of human trafficking. Sex trafficking survivors face unique challenges to recovery and safety.
Engaging Youth
The children and youth program offers training, information, and resources for those working with youth. Also providing leadership opportunities for teens to develop skills they can use to educate their peers.
Economic Empowerment
Financial independence is key to domestic abuse survivors’ ability to live successful, violence-free lives. In partnership with local programs, we address economic needs and challenges so survivors can break free of violence.
Coordinated Community Response
For CCR and other DV/SA-focused multidisciplinary teams seeking to improve their community's response to domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of oppression.

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