Md. police adopt domestic violence "lethality assessment" checklist

Tools gauge abuse risks

By Justin Fenton
The Baltimore Sun
Va. county steps up police intervention for domestic violence

BALTIMORE, Md. — It used to be that police officers responding to the scene of a domestic violence call would gauge the volatility of a situation using little more than intuition and a dash of hope. They'd advise victims to get help and trust that they would reach out to counselors.

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