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Lethality Assessment Program (LAP)

Lethality Assessment Program (LAP)

The Lethality Assessment Program (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
    • Riverdale City Police Department
    • Roy City Police Department
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
    • Weber State University Police Department
  • Salt Lake County

    South Valley Services - Salt Lake County

    • Draper Police Department
    • Riverton Police Department
    • South Jordan 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
  • Tooele County

    Pathways - Toole County

    • Grantsville Police Department
    • Stockton Police Department
    • Tooele County Sheriff's Office
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
  • Wasatch Back

    Peace House - Summit & Wasatch County

    • Heber City Police Department
    • Park City Police Department
    • Summit County Sheriff's Office
    • Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Police Department
  • Utah County

    The Refuge (formerly CWCIC) - Utah County

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

    Northeastern Utah Friends Against Family Violence

    • Duchesne County Sheriff's Office
    • 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

    Seek Haven - Grand County

    • Moab City Police Department

    • Blanding Police Department

    • Monticello 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

LAP Data Requirements

Law enforcement and victim service providers must submit data to Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. The data will be used for state reporting and as evidence to strengthen the local efforts to prevent domestic violence homicide(s).

More Info

Contact our prevention coordinator, Claire Mosby,

LAP Stats

19,717 LAP screens in total have been conducted and reported across Utah (2016 - December 2020).

Email to be added to our data update distribution list. 

January 1 - December 31, 2020
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 (SFY19/20)
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 (SFY18/19)
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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