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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New ways to help abuse victims

During an awards ceremony today, KCPD plans to recognize two officers, Kim Shaw and Kate Mahurin, who worked on a pilot project helping domestic-violence victims.

Last year, the department started having officers ask victims a specific set of questions -- and, if the answers warranted it, putting those victims in contact with D.V. advocates. Shaw and Mahurin, though, were part of a pilot project in the North Patrol, where they would contact victims one week after the initial call. The department says 95 percent of those victims would ask for help during the follow-up visits.

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