New local program created during Domestic Violence Awareness month

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. SafeNet Erie and city officials are teaming up to help victims and survivors get the help they need. 

Erie Police Chief Spizarny says there have been an unusual number of domestic violence-related homicides this year in Erie County.  That increase shows the need for local police departments, City of Erie government officials and SafeNet to join forces to launch their ‘Lethality Assessment Program’.  

This initiative allows officers called to a domestic incident to refer victims who they feel are at the most risk. 

Spizarny tells us, “It’s something that we’re going to look into in the future here and look at the cases we had this year and say ‘would our program have assisted them?’ And, if not, how can we adjust it so that going forward we’re doing it the right way?”

If you or a loved one are experiencing violence at home, you can call the confidential SafeNet hotline at 814-454-8161.

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