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City to expand domestic violence program

Baltimore police are expanding a program aimed at curbing domestic violence, thanks to a $750,000 federal grant, The Sun's Luke Broadwater reported.

The grant will allow a pilot program, called the Domestic Violence Reduction Initiative, in three police districts — Northeastern, Northern and Southern — to be expanded to include the entire city, said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

"It's a problem that can't be solved by City Hall alone," she said.

The grant would also provide overtime pay for the police department's Family Crimes Unit, which serves warrants and high priority protective orders and meets with victims at their homes. It would also fund a portion of the salary of a city employee who coordinates the program and makes sure officers perform a "lethality assessment" on victims. Officers will also begin conducting a Spanish language version of the lethality assessment.

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