DVIS, police, and a private business, working together to help domestic violence victims


Wednesday, November 12th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Domestic violence situations often turn deadly. Many times the victim had sought help previously, but when the situation gets bad, time is crucial.

News on 6 Patrina Adger has details on a new device that could help.

It's called AWARE. Abused Women's Active Response Emergency, launched nationwide eleven years ago, to provide police assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Several Tulsa law enforcement agencies partnered with DVIS, the Domestic Violence Intervention Services and ADT Security to bring the AWARE Program to Tulsa. ADT will donate and install a security system in the victim's home and provide them with an electronic emergency necklace like this one. Van Havenstrite with ADT Security Services: "If the victim is in imminent danger of attack, that an AWARE call has been received.”

The program has already started in Oklahoma City. Since its nationwide launch, the program has saved more than 35 lives.