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Hartford Courant: 'Do You Think That He/She Might Try to Kill You?' More Police Screening to Find Out

A tool that experts say prevents domestic violence deaths now is being used by more than half of the state's law enforcement agencies, advocates said this week.

The Lethality Assessment Program is a screening process that allows police officers responding to family violence calls to determine the likelihood that the victim would someday be killed by a domestic partner.

L.A.P. was tested as a pilot program in Connecticut in 2012. It was rolled out statewide last year, and by August, 31 police agencies were using the screening process. Now, 58 of Connecticut's 115 law enforcement agencies are participating, according to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which oversees the program.

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