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updated: 12/4/2013 10:34 AM

Chicago starts new domestic violence task force

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Several agencies in Chicago are banding together to address domestic violence in the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced the inter-governmental task force on Tuesday. It also will include efforts from Chicago police and the Department of Family and Support Services.

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The task force will focus on getting training for Chicago police and developing better police response to high-risk domestic violence incidents. It also will look at how to increase services for victims.

Experts say Chicago police respond to about 200,000 domestic calls a year. Of those calls, between 30 and 40 are domestic violence homicides.

Last month the city broke ground on its first new domestic violence shelter in more than a decade.

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