SPOKANE, Wash.—KREM 2 News checked in on the Spokane Police Department’s Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment program on Wednesday, six months after it began.
Through the program, victims at every domestic violence call are asked questions such as, “Has your partner ever threatened to kill you?” Victims are then hooked up immediately with an advocate. One victim said she was confident the program would save lives.
KREM 2 News chose not to identify the victim for safety concerns. She said her boyfriend abused her multiple times. She said she went back repeatedly, but the last time almost cost her life.
“I heard loud footsteps I felt a big smash on my face and I saw stars. I remember hitting the asphalt, the smell of the rain and not being able to move,” said the victim.
A Good Samaritan found the woman floating in and out of consciousness.
“I remember blinking and trying to see but I couldn't. I didn't understand what was going on,” said the victim.
The victim was able to tell police who attacked her, but then her condition went down fast.
“This whole part of my face is shattered. I have bleeding on brain,” said the victim.
She also required a walker. The man who abused her was arrested in another county. Detectives began pursuing him within hours of the attack.
Spokane police said she was the exact kind of victim the program was modeled after. She was immediately connected with resources to help her.
“That's something we do on scene. We give them our phones right away. We give them the help they need to get out of the violent situation,” said one official.
Officials said it was up to the victims to accept their help.