Domestic Violence Victim Advocates: Cop Culture Must Change - Chicago Sun-Times
Gabrielle, who asked that her last name be withheld, is consumed with fear her ex-boyfriend’s threats will turn violent. For much of the past year, since the first time she called police, she’s been acutely aware of strangers walking near her as she goes to work, sleeping with a golf club in her bedroom and, now, carrying a wrinkled copy of her order of protection in her left back pocket.
Domestic battery accounted for almost 45,000 of more than 120,000 domestic disturbance 911 calls to the Chicago Police Department in 2013.
On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his domestic violence task force’s creation of a pilot program to drill down on cases that pose a high risk of homicide and said an updated domestic violence training has been given to recently promoted sergeants and lieutenants.