Oklahoma Law Helps Victims of Domestic Violence - KOAM TV 7

Oklahoma Law Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

 A new Oklahoma state law takes effect on Saturday that sets a standard for police to address domestic violence cases. 

Part of the domestic rights act, it requires officers to ask people eleven questions to gauge the amount of danger the victim faces.

Police Administrator Linda Johnson says, "I think the first step is letting them know who to call and where to go and that there is help out there and when they're ready to accept it."

The new Oklahoma state law put into place these notification cards to make it easier for officers to deal with domestic violence cases. once they fill out 

The top report section they tear it off and give the bottom half to the victim with the number to reach the closest crisis hotline.

After a study was conducted the state determined these top three questions were the most useful:

1. Has the person ever used a weapon against the victim or threatened the victim with a weapon?

2. Has the person threatened to kill the victim or children?

3. Does the victim think the person will try to kill them?

In Miami they handle about 500 domestic violence and sexual assault cases from Craig, Delaware, and Ottawa county. 

Executive Director of the Community Crisis Center in Miami says "We here at the community crisis center are really excited about this new law. we believe that it will bring more victims in touch with victim services that will be badly needed. and i'm sure it's going to increase our hotline calls. "

The assessment only applies to cases where  abuse has happened between people who are in a relationship. 

"Typically when we see domestic violence cases it is between intimate partners. and that's a particular dynamic we're trained to respond to," states Cox.
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