Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has created an intergovernmental task force to address domestic violence, says the Chicago Sun-Times. The crime has claimed the lives of 50 Chicagoans a year on average in the past decade, disproportionately during the Christmas holidays.
“The holidays are a particularly dangerous time for those at risk of domestic violence,” said one source. “Alcohol, stress, tensions can sometimes reach a dangerous peak.” The mayor's office is partnering with the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the Department of Family and Support Services and other advocacy groups in a collaborative effort to save lives with new strategies. The task force ie expected to prioritize re-training of police officers in dealing with victims of domestic abuse, rewrite the playbook on showing empathy toward victims and asking the right questions to ensure an effective court case, develop strategies to encourage trust in the police and the judicial system, and increase access to city social services for victims.