Two Lou. groups launch national project to end domestic violence

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Louisville groups that hope to put an end to domestic violence have created a national plan to lower homicides and serious injuries related with violence in the home. 

The new project is meant to help identify people at high risk of being killed by their intimate partners and getting them immediate help.

It's called the Lethality Assessment Project. The Center for Women and Families and The Mary Byron Project are collaborating to bring the national model to Louisville.

The two groups, along with Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad, kicked off the initiative Thursday. 

This year alone police said there have been six homicides they believe are directly related to domestic violence.

Marta Miranda, president for the Center for Women and Families, said one of the keys to help keep that number from rising is to use the newly introduced program to get those who are considered at-risk in touch with an advocate.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month - if you'd like to help protest domestic violence you can do it by simply wearing black every Thursday for the remainder of the month.

Click here for more information about The Mary Byron Project.
 

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