The Danger Assessment Program is a lethality assessment program for intimate partner violence implemented in February 2008 with the Wooster Police Department. Recently, with the assistance of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the program has expanded to include the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Orrville Police Department. It is hoped that the Danger Assessment will eventually be used by all law enforcement agencies in Wayne County that deal domestic violence situations. In this program, law enforcement officers administer a brief survey to victims called the Danger Assessment (DA). The DA was developed by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell at Johns Hopkins University. Law enforcement then connects the victim to the Every Woman’s House (EWH) hotline for safety planning and assistance. The municipal court judges recently amended the bond schedule used by jail personnel to incorporate the DA score into the amount of the bond that a defendant would have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. In addition, assistant prosecutors in Prosecutor’s Office review and score the assessment for purpose of video arraignments of incarcerated defendants to determine the risk of homicide in order to make in court bond recommendations to the judge or magistrate. The Victim Advocates in the Prosecutor’s Office are also trained to administer and score the DA. Lastly, the DA score is also included in the Pre-Sentencing Investigation (PSI) completed by the Municipal Court Probation Department for the judge to review prior to sentencing a defendant. This is an excellent example of the community coming together to increase the safety of victims. If you are concerned about your safety and would like this assessment, please contact the Victim Advocate at Every Woman’s House in Wayne or Holmes Counties (Wayne County: (330) 263-6021; Holmes County: (330) 674-1020).
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EVERY WOMAN'S HOUSE Wayne County Office
104 Spink Street / Gault Liberty Center
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Ph. 330-263-6021 Fax 330-264-3777 Open: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM*Wednesday & Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM *NOTE -- Doors open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM, after 8:00 PM by APPOINTMENT ONLY
Holmes County Office
34-C South ClaySt.
Millersburg, OH 44654
Ph. 330-674-1020 Fax 330-674-1047Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
24-hour Hotline at (330) 263-1020 or toll-free at 1-800-686-1122
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