A new pilot program in Chicago aims at getting police more involved in preventing domestic violence, and providing extra resources for victims. Lauren Jiggetts reports.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday helped launch a pilot program that aims to fight domestic violence.
The inter-governmental task force, which will begin in the Chicago's 14th police district, is the first of its kind in the city.
"This combination of data-driven law enforcement, coupled with social services, can mean the difference between a victim escaping a dangerous situation and starting a new life or being trapped in home in constant jeopardy," Jennifer Welch, the Managing Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.
Various agencies in the task force, including City Hall, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the Chicago Police Department and DFSS, will work together to identify households that are at high risk.
Each year about one in 10 homicides in Chicago is due to domestic violence.
"Everyone on the task force has a role to play in responding to domestic violence, but by working together to respond to our highest risk cases, we can all be more effective," said Emanuel.
The City of Chicago website has full details on how the task force will operate.
To report domestic abuse, call 9-1-1. For more information and support, anyone can call the domestic violence help line at 877-863-6338.