St. Joseph County police officers, domestic violence cases

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A local police officer works during a high school football game.

Police officers in St. Joseph County are getting a pat on the back for their work in stopping domestic violence cases from getting worse.

Several officers were recognized by the local chapter of the YWCA for using a system they developed to help officers pinpoint survivors of domestic abuse.

They are called DALE screenings which allows police officers to recognize survivors and begin the process of bringing them to the local YWCA shelter for protection.

The YWCA says over 15-hundred screenings done in the last year, 31-percent saved a survivor from a situation where their life was in danger.

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  1. “The YWCA says over 15-hundred screenings done in the last year, 31-percent saved a survivor from a situation where their life was in danger.”

    The numbers don’t add up. If the chance of danger was even 10%, we’d be reading about a DV death every week. At 1%, we’d see a DV death every 3 months. I don’t recall seeing them even that often. I understand that a 0.01% chance is still a chance, but there is also a matter of keeping it realistic.

    This is not to denigrate the good work being done by the St Joe County police, but things do need to be kept in perspective.

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