Police, SafeNet Team Up to Help Domestic Violence Victims at the Scene
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Erie-area leaders are coming together to create more awareness and talk about how to continue partnerships to help victims of abuse.
A conference was held Tuesday by SafeNet, an Erie agency helping those victims.
SafeNet is growing it's partnerships with two area police departments. Six years ago, the organization teamed up with Millcreek Police to do what's called lethality assessments. This past April, all 175 officers in the Erie Police Department became trained in the assessment.
Millcreek Police Lieutenant Mike Little says, "We've been able to provide housing for emergency situations where the victim needs a home to stay in."
Robyn Young, SafeNet's Director of Domestic Violence Services, says, "When they go out on a domestic violence call, they screen, and if someone screens positive for potential lethality, they put them on the phone with a SafeNet advocate right away."
SafeNet says between five to ten positive assessments are made each month in Millcreek, and fifteen or more a month in the City of Erie for domestic abuse victims in need of help.