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Law Enforcement Initiative

Law enforcement’s response to domestic violence is critical to our mission at CCADV. Many times a victim’s first contact with police will determine whether they will continue on to get assistance from trained domestic violence advocates. The partnership between law enforcement, CCADV and our 18 member agencies has been strong and we continue to work together to bring the best practices for the police response to domestic violence to Connecticut.

CCADV receives funds from the U.S. Office on Violence Against Women Services, Training, Officers and Prosecutors (OVW STOP) to support the development of the Law Enforcement Initiative. The purpose of this project is to provide improved responses to victims of family violence crimes who are involved with law enforcement. These enhanced services represent providing support, information and advocacy services designed to better inform the safety of victims throughout the arrest and prosecution process.

Several goals of the initiative are:

  • increase collaboration and outreach with law enforcement agencies
  • identify lethality assessment tools for law enforcement and domestic violence advocacy agencies
  • develop training and professional opportunities for law enforcement and domestic violence agencies
  • identify an advisory group to identify systemic issues and best practices for law enforcement and
  • develop collaborative relationships, systemic advocacy and policy with law enforcement through training and consultation.

This workgroup will consist of multi-disciplinary professionals who will lend their expertise to ensure project success. The Advisory Committee representatives will include municipal police, state police, POST, and community based organizations.

Our training institute provides free training to law enforcement in various areas related to the police response to domestic violence. In addition, our law enforcement coordinator is available for on-site technical assistance and training.

Connecticut has adopted a statewide model policy that outlines policies, procedures, and guidelines for all law enforcement agencies when police respond to family violence crimes. Additionally, Connecticut statutorily requires each law enforcement agency in the state to designate at least one supervisor as a domestic violence liaison to oversee that agency’s response to domestic violence.

Lethality Assessment Program

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) began in Connecticut on September 15, 2012. LAP is an innovative partnership with law enforcement to implement nationally recognized risk assessment strategies to better serve domestic violence victims in the greatest danger.

The program, which is a result of collaboration between CCADV and the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC), was piloted through 8 CCADV member domestic violence service agencies with 14 municipal law enforcement agencies. As of March 2017 the program has been expanded to include all of CCADV's 18 member organizations and 88 police departments, including the CT State Police. Additionally, several college campus public safety departments also participate. Please see below for a complete listing of participating agencies and towns.

Modeled after the LAP first piloted in Maryland in 2005, this program is a two-pronged intervention process that makes use of a specialized lethality assessment instrument and an accompanying protocol. Trained police on the scene of a domestic violence call assess a victim's risk for serious injury or death and can then immediately link those at greatest risk to their local domestic violence advocate for support and safety information.

Data Collection for the Connecticut Lethality Assessment Program

The following website is a single access point for all law enforcement and domestic violence agencies involved in the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). This website will provide an effective and efficient way of collecting data regarding domestic violence screenings performed by law enforcement and followed up on by domestic violence agencies. This website is password protected and intended only for those agencies and designated staff participating in LAP. If you are interested in learning about the latest LAP data, please contact Dan Cargill, CCADV Director of Law Enforcement Services.

Click here to access LAP Data Collection.

Watch our video about the
Lethality Assessment Program!

List of participating domestic violence agencies and law enforcement agencies:

Domestic Violence Agency Catchment Area Police Department
CCADV Statewide
  • CT State Police
  • Environmental Conservation Police
The Umbrella Center
for Domestic Violence Services
  • Derby Police Dept.
  • Shelton Police Dept.
  • Ansonia Police Dept.
  • Orange Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop A - Southbury
  • CSP Troop I - Bethany
The Umbrella Center
for Domestic Violence Services
Greater New Haven
and Shoreline
  • Southern CT State University Police Dept.
  • North Haven Police Dept.
  • Guilford Police Dept.
  • North Branford Police Dept.
  • East Haven Police Dept.
  • Branford Police Dept.
  • Milford Police Dept.
  • New Haven Police Dept.
  • Yale University Police Dept.
  • Univ. of New Haven Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop F - Westbrook
  • CSP Troop G - Westport
  • CSP Troop I - Bethany
Domestic Abuse Services,
YWCA Greenwich
  • Greenwich Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop G - Westport
Interval House Hartford
  • Bloomfield Police Dept.
  • Canton Police Dept.
  • East Hartford Police Dept.
  • Farmington Police Dept.
  • Glastonbury Police Dept.
  • Granby Police Dept.
  • Hartford Police Dept.
  • Manchester Police Dept.
  • Newington Police Dept.
  • Rocky Hill Police Dept.
  • Simsbury Police Dept.
  • South Windsor Police Dept.
  • Vernon Police Dept.
  • West Hartford Police Dept.
  • Windsor Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop C - Tolland
  • CSP Troop H - Hartford
  • CSP Troop K - Colchester
  • Manchester Comm. College Police Dept.
  • Univ. of Hartford DPS
  • Univ. of St. Joseph
Prudence Crandall Center New Britain
  • Berlin Police Dept.
  • Plainville Police Dept.
  • Bristol Police Dept.
  • Plymouth Police Dept.
  • New Britain Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop H - Hartford
  • CSP Troop I - Bethany
  • Southington Police Dept.
  • Central CT State Univ. Police Dept.
Safe Futures New London
  • New London Police Dept.
  • Groton City Police Dept.
  • Norwich Police Dept.
  • Waterford Police Dept.
  • Town of Groton Police Dept.
  • Groton Long Point Police Dept.
  • Mashantucket Tribal Police Dept.
  • Mohegan Tribal Police Dept.
  • Stonington Police Dept.
  • Ledyard Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop E - Montville
  • CSP Troop F - Westbrook
  • CSP Troop K - Colchester
Safe Haven of
Greater Waterbury
  • Watertown Police Dept.
  • Waterbury Police Dept.
  • Naugatuck Police Dept.
  • Wolcott Police Dept.
  • Cheshire Police Dept.
  • Middlebury Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop A - Southbury
  • CSP Troop I - Bethany
  • CSP Troop L - Litchfield
The Center for Family Justice Eastern
Fairfield County
  • Fairfield Police Dept.
  • Monroe Police Dept.
  • Easton Police Dept.
  • Bridgeport Police Dept.
  • Stratford Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop G - Bridgeport
  • Trumbull Police Dept.
Women's Center Danbury
  • Newtown Police Dept.
  • Danbury Police Dept.
  • Brookfield Police Dept.
  • Redding Police Dept.
  • Ridgefield Police Dept.
  • Western CT State Univ. Police Dept.
  • Bethel Police Dept.
  • New Milford Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop A - Southbury
The Network Enfield
  • Windsor Locks Police Dept.
  • East Windsor Police Dept.
  • Enfield Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop C - Tolland
Domestic Violence
Crisis Center
  • Norwalk Police Dept.
  • Wilton Police Dept.
  • Westport Police Dept.
  • New Canaan Police Dept.
  • Weston Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop G - Bridgeport
Domestic Violence
Crisis Center
  • Darien Police Dept.
  • Stamford Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop G - Bridgeport

Domestic Violence Program/
United Services, Inc.

  • Coventry Police Dept.
  • UConn Police Dept.
  • Eastern CT State Univ. Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop C - Tolland
  • CSP Troop D - Danielson
  • CSP Troop K - Colchester

Domestic Violence Program/
United Services, Inc.

  • Plainfield Police Dept.
  • Putnam Police Dept.

Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services

  • Wallingford Police Dept.
  • Meriden Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop I - Bethany

New Horizons

  • Old Saybrook Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop F - Westbrook
  • CSP Troop K - Colchester

Susan B. Anthony Project

  • Torrington Police Dept.
  • Winchester Police Dept.
  • CSP Troop B - Canaan
  • CSP Troop L - Litchfield

Women's Support Services

  • CSP Troop B - Canaan
  • CSP Troop L - Litchfield


If you want more information about law enforcement and the services we offer to enhance police response to domestic violence please contact Dan Cargill, Director of Law Enforcement Services, at (860) 282-7899 or dcargill@ctcadv.org.