CBS News Features OKC Police's New Tool To Help Domestic Abuse Victims

Friday, October 31st 2014, 8:32 am
By: News 9

CBS News has a team here in Oklahoma City, and they're putting the national spotlight on our own police department and a new tool they have to help save lives.

Domestic violence is one of the most serious issues we face in Oklahoma. Law enforcement responds to about 15,000 domestic violence cases each year. Now one of the officers who respond to these was featured in a report Thursday night on the CBS Evening News.

In the story, Police Officer Brandi May is seen responding to domestic violence calls in Oklahoma City. She's also using a new tool: A checklist of 11 questions designed to help officers identify domestic violence victims who are likely to be murdered.

Statewide use of this checklist starts Saturday in Oklahoma.

“It offers them support, it makes them feel stronger, it gives them the opportunity to take back a hold of their life,” Officer May said.

Research shows men who choke their partner are 10 times more likely to eventually kill them. CBS airs part two of this special report Friday morning during the CBS morning show.