Pitt Co. Sheriff’s Office LAP program tackles domestic violence

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Almost a year ago the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office started a program to combat domestic violence.

Lethality Assessment Program or LAP tries to stop violent crimes before they happen.

If officers suspect something is wrong, they’ll ask the victim a series of questions. The goal is to get victims to realize they need help and, if they don’t, their abuser could kill them.

“If they get to the call and realize, ‘Hey, I’m at, you know, this is a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, some kind of intimate partner relationship, maybe I need to dig a little deeper,” explained Detective Michael Stroud, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

He said, so far, the program is a success and the biggest challenge is getting victims to admit they need help.

Stroud said there are a number of resources in our community to help victims of domestic violence.

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