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Franklin Co. Officers Tackle Domestic Violence
COLUMBUS -- Last year alone, central Ohio investigators said they handled 13 deadly domestic violence cases.
Now, 135 Franklin County sheriff deputies and Columbus officers are part of a program to prevent tragedies in the new year.
Stephanie Seifert's friends know the heartache of domestic violence.
In 2012, police said Seifert, 38, was shot to death along with her off-duty Lancaster officer Randy Bartow after her ex-husband Kevin Adams opened fire.
Adams then took his own life, police said.
To stop cases like these, local law enforcement is participating in a new program called The Lethality Assessment.
Officers will ask a series of questions during domestic investigations to determine a course of action.
"This allows us to be proactive," Franklin County Major Jim Gilbert said. "We don't just feel like we're taking a report the person leaves we file a warrant."
Detectives will also connect victims with resources rather than leaving them to do it on their own.
"We'll have a point person that will work directly with the assessment teams that will be established," Gilbert said.
Police asked those who have experienced domestic violence, or know of people who have, to call local law enforcement. They said that is the first step in stopping a growing problem in central Ohio.