Police officers in four of the largest cities in Oklahoma responded to a domestic violence call once every 8 minutes and 45 seconds each day throughout 2012. And Oklahoma ranks third in the nation for deaths attributed to domestic violence, and eleventh in the nation in the number of women killed by men. Data compiled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation show that 53 domestic-violence murders occurred in this state in 2012,
“By any standard, this qualifies as an epidemic,” said state Rep. Kay Floyd, principal author of legislation enacted this year to address the crisis.
Governor Fallin will conduct a ceremonial signing of HB 2526 at 2 p.m. today in the Blue Room at the State Capitol.
Law enforcement officers are directed by House Bill 2526 to ask the victim a series of questions designed to help determine “the potential for danger…” The lethality assessment protocol requires an officer to ask the victim a series of 11 questions, the answers of which are noted on a form, and the officer then contacts an appropriate victim advocacy organization.
“Based upon the results of the lethality assessment, referrals to shelters, domestic violence intervention programs and other social services shall be provided to the victim,” HB 2526 decrees.