One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime

Law enforcement agencies in Lincoln and Cherry counties will now work with Rape and Domestic Abuse Program (RDAP) advocates, system advocates, the Community Response Teams (CRT) and a Praxis International expert on rural domestic violence to explore Advocacy Initiated Response (AIR), an approach that simplifies the process of getting help to victims of domestic violence. AIR will introduce a practical but impactful change.

Although RDAP’s services are available in six western Nebraska counties, many victims never call for services and the abuse continues. Sometimes the consequences of this can be deadly. Using the AIR Model, advocates can get help to victims as soon as law enforcement becomes aware there may be a violence problem in a relationship, helping to create a safety plan with the victim and lessening the chance of a victim being seriously injured or killed.

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