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New Chicago program to target domestic violence

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Associated Press

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.

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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