Dating violence in high school a profile of the victims
The deaths of two women in the 1st District bookended the first year of the high-risk team project.
Only days after the new team was in place, a 38-year-old mother of three was killed during her shift at a Burger King at West 110th and Lorain Road.
Starting the program In 2016, more than 270 Cleveland officers in the city's 1st and 5th districts were trained to conduct an 11-question danger assessment when responding to domestic violence calls that involve people who are dating, married or who have children together.
Identified high-risk cases are referred to a special team.
( CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It has been more than a year since Cleveland police officers began measuring the level of potential danger when responding to domestic violence calls in two city districts.
About half of the 1,600 cases officers screened were "high risk" for serious harm or death.
City and county officials and domestic violence victim advocates hope that by better understanding which cases are higher risk, eventually they will be able to reduce fatal domestic violence cases countywide.
In that case, a domestic violence report was made before the project began, so the new assessment tool was not used. 29, 2017, almost a month into the project's second year, 65-year-old Laura Fruscella was killed.Earley isn't part of the team that discusses high risk cases, and she doesn't review the assessments before she hears a case so she can remain impartial.But she's presided over domestic violence cases for nearly a decade, and she said she has noticed that charges in the high risk cases are filed more quickly, without putting the onus on victims to go to the city prosecutor's office to file charges.How many domestic violence homicide cases in the city involving couples or former couples occurred in 2017 is unknown.