Pittsburgh’s police department plans to introduce a new smartphone application directly correlating with its Lethality Assessment Program, a survey that officers ask at the scene of a domestic violence call to prevent intimate partner homicide. The app will send the response to a women’s shelter so victims can receive assistance immediately.
The program was adopted after Ka’Sandra Wade was found shot to death in her home in 2013, one day after Pittsburgh police responded to a disconnected call from that address. Her boyfriend, Anthony L., Brown, was responsible; he killed himself in a standoff.
“Nationally, only 4 percent of people involved in intimate partner violence, who were victims of homicide, sought services,” said Pittsburgh police’s Sergeant Eric Kroll. “In 2013, of the nine victims in Allegheny County, only one ever sought services. As much of a tragedy as that was, there’s many other Ka’Sandra Wades out there that need our help.”