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updated: 3/21/2014 8:57 AM

New Chicago program to target domestic violence

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Chicago and Cook County officials are launching a new initiative to identify and help households at high risk for domestic violence.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the pilot program on Thursday. It's a joint effort between the Cook County State's Attorney's office, Chicago police and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

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Emanuel says by working together to respond to highest risk cases, "we can all be more effective."

Patrol officers in a police district on Chicago's northwest side will use a new assessment form to determine if a victim is at high risk for violence. People identified as high risk will receive additional follow-up, such as phone calls and well-being check-ins.

Those households also will be prioritized for help such as counseling, legal services and case management.

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