In 2017, SafeNest and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) established a new partnership to bridge this gap and provide lifesaving support for survivors of domestic violence. The design is simple: when LVMPD responds to domestic violence calls, and an arrest is made or probable cause for arrest is determined, a Project Safe advocate is deployed from SafeNest to the scene. Officers remain on the scene while volunteer and staff advocates provide services, safety planning, protection orders, referrals, cell phones, access to shelter, and much more. In 2021, SafeNest responded to over 5,000 calls for service by LVMPD. The partnership has driven down homicides, reduced repeat calls for service, and strengthened the safety net by bringing services to the survivors when they need them the most. The presentation will detail the program elements, budgets, policy structure for working with law enforcement, and pitfalls. Finally, the program will conclude with opportunities for questions and answers on this dynamic model.
As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
- Recognize the value of law enforcement and non-profit partnership to support domestic violence survivors.
- Explore options to start a Project Safe program (including the technology and staffing/volunteer options).
- Recognize the benefits of responding to the scene to engage survivors vs. waiting for survivors to call a hotline.
- Determine potential funding opportunities for a Project Safe Program.