ECU researchers work with Pitt Co. Sheriff’s Office to combat domestic violence

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Researchers at East Carolina University are working with local law enforcement to help combat domestic violence.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has used the lethality assessment program for months. The model helps detect domestic tragedies before they happen.

Now, ECU faculty members are going to assess the data and analyze it. ECU criminal justice professor Heidi Bonner said the goal is to see if the program actually works.

“We’re collecting data from across the criminal justice system, from law enforcement, the courts, corrections, data from the Center for Family Violence Prevention on types of services that are being utilized,” Bonner said. “We’re going to use that to look across the system.”

Bonner and her colleagues will also interview victims as a part of their research. Their research is possible due to a more than $500,000 grant.

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