Police in Oklahoma City will use a new tool when it comes to answering domestic violence calls. An eleven-question survey has been created that will be used for victims of domestic violence when officers are responding to a call.
Two of the questions included on the survey are "Has he/she ever threatened you before?" and "Has he/she ever hurt you with a weapon?" After conducting this survey verbally officers will then provide the victim with a phone number to a domestic violence hotline. If the officers believe that the domestic violence has reached a more serious stage then they will call the hotline while still in the home to connect the victim with a representative immediately.
A former victim of domestic violence, Shelly Collins, said that the survey was a "life-saver" after suffering abuse at the hands of her ex-husband for years. He had even shot Collins and left her dead, prompting her to finally realize the degree to which the abuse had escalated to.
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