During the spring semester, Lock Haven University students Katie Mohn and Kelsey Leach developed a report for the Lycoming County Fatality Review Team (LCFRT) as part of their independent study.
LCFRT was created to highlight the commonalities and trends in domestic violence related deaths with a goal to identify weaknesses or gaps in the systems and services including areas of education and-or training to reduce future deaths and improve intervention and service delivery for victims.
The report included a comprehensive review of 27 deaths as a result of domestic violence in Lycoming County from 1996 through 2017, which the students presented to the LCFRT in April. Included in the document were literature reviews completed by Leach, with assistance from Cathy Gessner, assistant professor at LHU, and requested by Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy, lead detectives, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr., legislative representative for Sen. Gene Yaw, and the domestic violence task force.
The literature review on gun violence was of particular interest to the attorneys, who said it would impact their position on relinquishment of firearms and other dangerous articles in domestic violence cases they represent. Yaw’s legislative assistant said there also are plans to use the students’ research to continue his support of Senate Bill 501, which has passed the Senate but faces resistance in the House.
Mohn and Leach have been asked to present the report to 20 regional attorneys as a continuing educational program in the fall.
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