Lethal­ity As­sess­ment Pro­gram launches through­out Tri-Ci­ties

James House event em­pha­sizes com­mu­nity im­pact on anti-vi­o­lence

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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.

Visit www.the­jameshouse.org or email helpline@the­jameshouse.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

[CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS]

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.

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