WASHINGTON — District of Columbia officials are trying a new approach to certain violent crimes that they fear might lead to future violence for the families involved.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration has launched a program under which certain crimes trigger a response from multiple city agencies. Representatives are sent to the homes of the victims and, in some cases, the perpetrators, within 24 hours. The influx of city services is meant to help break the cycle of violence by getting families the help they need.
Kevin Donahue, the acting deputy mayor for public safety, says the so-called “stabilization teams” have been deployed four times in the past four weeks. He says the results have been encouraging, although the city has yet to establish metrics to measure the program’s success.
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