A Woman's Place (AWP) First Response Team provides 24-hour in-person emergency crisis counseling, safety planning, information, education, and referrals to victims immediately following an incident of domestic violence. This service is provided county-wide to all 42 police departments. First Response Advocates provide continuous follow-up support and counseling to victims navigating the criminal justice system assisting with Victim’s Compensation, Victim Impact Statements, and referrals to meet their needs. Additionally, they partner with community police departments in educating officers regarding the concerns and needs of victims of domestic violence. Currently, police officers and advocates are collaborating on the utilization of a Risk Assessment Tool when responding to domestic calls. Victims are asked a series of questions to assist the officer in evaluating the potential lethality to the victims and, possibly, to police officers.
For more information on First Response, please contact First Response Manager Sue Bell, at 215.348.0445 x109 or Sbell@awomansplace.org.