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Lethality Assessment Program (LAP)

Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) - Maryland Model

The Lethality Assessment Program - Maryland Model (LAP) is a tool designed to reduce risks and save lives. Modeled after a similar program in Maryland, the LAP involves an assessment by law enforcement to determine risks and, if risks are identified, collaboration with community-based victim service providers. Working together, law enforcement officials and victim service providers are better able to support victims with a variety of processes to include, but not limited to, counseling, housing, medical, financial, legal and other needs.

LAP Partners

By order of region, the following agencies have a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, in accordance with the Maryland model, and are implementing the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP):

  • Northern Region

    CAPSA - Cache County

    • Cache County Sheriff's Office
    • Logan City Police Department
    • North Park Police Department
    • Preston Police Department
    • Rich County Sheriff's Office
    • Smithfield Police Department
    • Utah State University Police Department

    New Hope Crisis Center - Box Elder County

    • Box Elder County Sheriff's Office
    • Brigham City Police Department
    • Garland City Police Department
    • Tremonton Police Department
  • Northern Wasatch Front

    Safe Harbor - Davis County

    • Bountiful City Police Department
    • Centerville Police Department
    • Clearfield Police Department
    • Clinton Police Department
    • Farmington Police Department
    • Kaysville Police Department
    • Layton City Police Department
    • North Salt Lake Police Department
    • Sunset Police Department
    • Syracuse Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • West Bountiful Police Department
    • Woods Cross Police Department

    YCC Family Crisis Center - Weber County

    • Harrisville Police Department
    • North Ogden Police Department
    • Ogden City Police Department
    • Pleasant View Police Department (in progress)
    • Riverdale City Police Department
    • Roy City Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • Weber State University Police Department
    • Weber County Sheriff's Office
  • Salt Lake County

    South Valley Services - Salt Lake County

    • Draper Police Department
    • Riverton Police Department
    • South Jordan Police Department
    • Taylorsville Police Department
    • West Jordan Police Department
    • West Valley City Police Department
    • University of Utah Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • Department of Workforce Services (Workforce Development)
    • International Rescue Committee
    • Journey of Hope
    • Mexican Consulate
    • The Road home—Family Shelter
    • Utah Community Action
    • Volunteers of America

    YWCA - Salt Lake City

    • University of Utah Center for Student Wellness
    • Salt Lake City Police Department - (in progress)
    • South Salt Lake Police Department (in progress)
  • Tooele County

    Pathways - Toole County

    • Grantsville Police Department
    • Tooele County Sheriff's Office
    • Tooele City Police Department (in progress)
  • Wasatch Back

    Peace House - Summit & Wasatch County

    • Heber City Police Department
    • Park City Police Department
    • Summit County Sheriff's Office
  • Utah County

    The Refuge (formerly CWCIC) - Utah County

    • Pleasant Grove Police Department
    • Spanish Fork Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department (in progress)
    • Brigham Young University Police Department (in progress)
  • Uintah Basin Region

    Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) Advocate and Friends Against Family Violence (FAFV) - Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett Counties

    • Duchesne County Sheriff's Office

    • Roosevelt City Police Department (in progress)

    • Naples City Police Department

    • Uintah County Sheriff's Office

    • Vernal City Police Department

  • Central Region

    New Horizons - Sevier County

    • Millard County Sheriff's Office
    • Wayne County Sheriff's Office
    • Ephraim City Police Department (in progress)
    • Snow College Police Department (in progress)
  • Southwest Region

    Canyon Creek Services - Iron County

    • Cedar City Police Department
    • Enoch Police Department
    • Iron County Sheriff's Office
    • Parowan Police Department
    • Southern Utah University Police Department

    Dove Center - Washington County

    • Dixie State University Police Department
    • Hildale Marshal's Office
    • St. George Police Department
    • Cherish Families


  • Southeast Region

    Seekhaven - Grand County

    • Moab City Police Department

    • Blanding Police Department

    • San Juan County Sheriff's Office

    • Moab Valley Multicultural Center

University Partners
  • Utah State University
  • Weber State University
  • University of Utah
  • Southern Utah University
  • Dixie State University
  • Brigham Young University (in progress)
  • Snow College (in progress)

Interested in Implementing the LAP?

Below are a few of the steps Law Enforcement agencies can expect to follow:

  • Identify your local community-based confidential victim service provider
  • Conduct a new partner meeting to establish or strengthen your relationship. Meeting topics include:
    • Training and implementation plans
    • Policy considerations for LE agency
    • LAP submissions and data collection requirements
    • Joint completion of both Application and Memorandum of Understanding
    • Next steps
  • Jointly complete the LAP application and submit to UDVC for approval (review will occur within two weeks)
  • Once approved you will receive the MOU template to jointly complete and submit to UDVC
  • Attend the Training of Trainers session delivered by LAP experts
  • Ensure all of employees have trained in the LAP prior to the implementation date

More Info

Contact our prevention coordinator, Melissa Haenchen: 

LAP Stats

21,804 LAP screens in total have been conducted and reported across Utah (2016 - June 2021).

Email to be added to our data update distribution list. 

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 (SFY 20/21)
LAP Screens 4,227
High Danger 3,462
Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,414
Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,879
Case Management 1,276
Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,100
Legal Advocacy 765
Emergency Shelter 633

January 1 - December 31, 2020 (A snapshot of COVID impacts)
LAP Screens 4,225
High Danger 3,461
Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 2,597
Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,881
Case Management 1,149
Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,030
Legal Advocacy 664
Emergency Shelter 707

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 (SFY 19/20)
LAP Screens 4,356
High Danger 3,416
Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,666
Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,929
Case Management 1,046
Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,133
Legal Advocacy 585
Emergency Shelter 828

July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019 (SFY 18/19)
LAP Screens 4,440
High Danger 3,238
Immediate Safety Planning w/ Advocate 1,329
Victim Support Services (beyond safety planning) 1,851
Case Management 783
Crisis/Ongoing Counseling 1,184
Legal Advocacy 555
Emergency Shelter 639

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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