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Posted on: November 24, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Oklahoma Law Helps Combat Domestic Violence

Seneca-Cayuga Nation Of Oklahoma Helps Ensure Victim Safety

The Miami Police Department is pleased to announce a community partnership with the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma. Elizabeth Felts, the outreach advocate for the Nation, has provided the police department with three cellular phones to be used by victims of domestic violence.

House Bill 2526 went into effect November 1, requiring all law enforcement officers to ask suspected victims of domestic violence a series of questions. The “lethality assessment” will help officers determine the level of danger the victim might be facing and refer them to a domestic violence center. Having these cellular phones on hand makes it possible for the victim to immediately reach out for help. Police Chief George Haralson says “we are grateful to the Seneca Cayuga Nation for their generous contribution to our department and the residents of the Miami area.”

If you have questions regarding abuse that is occurring in your relationship or that of a friend or family member, please call the District Attorney Victim-Witness Coordinator in Ottawa County at (918) 542-5547 or visit www.ok.gov.dac. Please do not hesitate to call local resources for help - it could be the most important call you make for you and your family. If you need to report domestic abuse, contact the Miami Police Department at (918) 542-5585.

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