Lethality Assessment Program launches throughout Tri-Cities
James House event emphasizes community impact on anti-violence
PRINCE GEORGE — Community collaboration is key in addressing the needs of those in our communities impacted by domestic violence. On Oct. 26, James House hosted “Celebrating Community Collaborations”, an event that brought together professionals from across the greater Tri-Cities region to recognize their commitment to working collaboratively in support of those who experience interpersonal violence.
Melissa McMenemy, Statewide facilitator for Victims of Domestic Violence, V-STOP, and Domestic Violence Initiatives coordinator for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, announced the launch of the Lethality Assessment Program, LAP, throughout the James House service area.
This unique collaboration between law enforcement agencies across the greater TriCities region and James House provides victims access to crucial, potentially life-saving services and increases the likelihood that they will take the steps necessary to keep themselves and their children safe.
Chief of the Consular Section at the Embassy of Mexico, Rafael Laveaga, announced an exciting new collaboration between the Embassy and James House, stating, “The signing of an MOU with James House will greatly enhance our capabilities to identify and offer consular services to victims of domestic violence. The Consular Section offers free legal services to victims of domestic violence for immigration issues; in particular, we cover the expenses of an Immigration attorney for the filing of applications for U and VAWA visas.”
In that spirit of working together, community partners from across James House’s service area took part in a mass signing of Cooperative Service Agreements, reaffirming their commitment to continuing to work collectively to support individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
“Together we can build safety nets for victims so that no one falls through the cracks. It is our responsibility to ensure that all people can live safely in our communities, free from fear and abuse,” stated Colonel Jeff Faries, Colonial Heights Police Chief.
James House provides support, advocacy, and education for people in the greater Tri-Cities region affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking to empower them to become healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. All services are traumainformed, cost-free, confidential, and available in both English and Spanish.
The 24-hour crisis line is 804-458-2840 and the main office can be reached at 804-458-2704.
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Delegate Lashrecse Aird, 63rd District and Chief of the Consular Section at the Embassy of Mexico Rafael Laveaga highlighted the importance of community collaboration to end domestic violence.
From left to right, Surry County Sheriff Carlos Turner, Prince George County Sheriff ìBuckyî Allin, Dinwiddie County Lieutenant David Gunn, Colonial Heights Captain William Anspach, and Prince George County Captain Eric Young celebrated the launch of the Lethality Assessment Program in their jurisdictions.