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Domestic Violence in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Police Department recognizes the seriousness of domestic violence to society. It is the policy of the MPD that officers respond to and investigate all reported cases of domestic violence. They afford domestic violence victims the greatest protection available and enforce all domestic violence laws.

Lethality Assessment Protocol

The City of Milwaukee Police Department implemented the Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) in relation to domestic violence in 2015. This is an evidence-based assessment consisting of 11 questions asked of all victims of domestic violence. Based on the answers to the questions, officers are able to identify those victims at the highest risk of being seriously injured or killed by their partner.

The LAP tool is administered by law enforcement officers. When a victim is screened in by the LAP tool, they use a scripted, validated intervention to encourage the victim to connect with non-governmental, confidential, community-based services. Research shows that the LAP process and scripted narratives result in victims, who typically wouldn’t engage with service providers, connecting with valuable services.

Domestic Violence High Risk Team

In 2015, the Family Peace Center (FPC) opened in Milwaukee as the “largest, most comprehensive multi-agency model in America”. The Milwaukee Police Department – Sensitive Crimes Division is co-located in this facility. This co-location allowed the opportunity for a community-based high-risk team model, the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT), to act on information obtained from the LAP assessment. This team meets weekly at the FPC and includes front line partners, including but not limited to law enforcement officers, victim advocates, witness protection investigators, prosecutors, corrections agents, and batterers treatment providers. The team identifies high risk offenders and their victims through the LAP for the purpose of providing them elevated, individualized, and trauma-informed service. The team engages in outreach and informs offenders and victims of their relative risk. This is to increase the likelihood that information will be assimilated so that each can take action to reduce such risk.

The Domestic Violence High Risk Team is guided by seven core principles:

Community Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program (CDAAP)

The Community Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program (CDAAP) was established in 2007. The program’s goals are to assist victims of DV through confidential advocacy and support; increase issuance of charges and convictions for offenders by ensuring that victims have access to resources that minimize barriers to participation; and reduce DV related homicides and DV crimes. The program is conducted in partnership with the MPD, the Sojourner Family Peace Center and the District Attorney’s Office.

CDAAP is unique – and one of only a few in the nation – because it joins law enforcement, DV advocates, and prosecution in a combined effort to reduce DV crime on a neighborhood level. In the program, Sojourner advocates are co-located within MPD District locations to encourage greater access and communication between victims, advocates and officers. Police officers refer victims to advocates immediately following their response to DV-related calls for service. Advocates accompany victims to court hearings, assist them with safety planning, secure housing, food, clothing and other basic needs, and link victims to services that will help them achieve safety and freedom from abuse.

The events of this story take place in District 2.
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Stats and Results: Domestic Violence Related Assaults

  1. 2007 5,172 Cases
  2. 2008 4,973 Cases
  3. 2009 4,664 Cases
  4. 2010 4,394 Cases
  5. 2011 4,207 Cases
  6. 2012 4,726 Cases
  7. 2013 4,854 Cases
  8. 2014 4,770 Cases
  9. 2015 4,919 Cases
  10. 2016 4,651 Cases


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Sojourner Family Peace Center:

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
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UMOS - Latina Resource Center:

24/7 Bilingual Crisis Hotline:
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The Healing Center:

414-671-HEAL (4325)
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Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:

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