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Domestic violence prosecutions in L.A. get boost from federal grant

April 21, 2010 |  2:53 pm
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday announced that the city has received a $1.1-million federal grant to increase the prosecution of domestic violence offenders and assist victims.

The mayor made the announcement at a City Hall press conference on “Denim Day," recognized to increase public awareness of sexual abuse.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck accompanied the mayor, along with several representatives from groups that assist victims of domestic violence – all of whom were sporting jeans.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, will provide additional funding to the L.A. city attorney’s office to prosecute domestic violence suspects and enhance coordination with the LAPD. The new effort will also help investigators track the connection between gang violence and domestic violence.

-- Phil Willon at Los Angeles City Hall