Preventing Domestic Violence Homicide

To start off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a media event to introduce a new homicide prevention program will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday October 1st at The Historic Fairfax County Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 in Courtroom 2. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homicide in Fairfax County. In an effort to reduce the number of Domestic Violence-related homicides, the Fairfax County Police Department has partnered with the Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and local nonprofits Shelter House Inc. and Bethany House of Northern Virginia to implement the Maryland Model Lethality Assessment Program (LAP).

The LAP is a nationally recognized, evidence based program with demonstrated success in strengthening partnerships between law enforcement and domestic violence service providers, connecting victims of domestic violence with lifesaving services and thereby reducing domestic violence fatalities.

The LAP is an easy-to-use screening tool that helps first responders immediately connect high-risk victims to domestic violence advocates who are available 24/7.

This program was implemented on July 1, 2015 by the Fairfax County Police Department. Some initial results for July and August are as follows:

  • Over half of the cases were determined to be high-risk
  • 33% of the high-risk cases involved a firearm
  • 64% of the cases involved a history of strangulation
  • 55% of the cases involved a history of stalking

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler and Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Director, Ina Fernández will be in attendance for the event. Detailed information will be provided at the event on October 1. Specific questions about the program can be directed to Sandy Bromley, Fairfax County Domestic Violence Coordinator, 703-324-9494 or