Fayette Cares representatives were thrilled to have more than two dozen law enforcement and victim services providers participate in the law enforcement domestic violence training facilitated by the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center. The event was held at the new UT Martin facility in Somerville as a meaningful way to end National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic Violence survivor and Fayette Cares Victim Advocate Amy Johnson introduced the new Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) being implemented in Fayette County. “It was deeply encouraging to hear from law enforcement trainees who were gaining a new perspective on the complexity of domestic violence,” said Johnson, “one officer shared that he was grateful for the training because more than anything he wanted to do the right thing for victims.” With the LAP program Fayette Cares will partner with law enforcement to identify victims who are at the greatest risk of being murdered. Agencies will be trained to intervene immediately and deliver life-saving services.
Speaking at the event was Senator Dolores Gresham, who co-sponsored Senate and House bills allowing victims to carry a firearm after an initial order of protection is issued. Additional guests included General Sessions Court Judge Jim Gallagher and District Attorney Special Domestic Violence Prosecutor Lindsey Williams.
The four day certified course, provided instruction on investigating domestic violence incidents. Participants were equipped to handle domestic violence situations with a combination of classroom and practical exercises incorporating current law enforcement response skills in a variety of domestic violence and sexual assault areas.
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