PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The city of Pittsburgh is starting a new domestic violence unit with a half a million dollar grant from the Nina Baldwin Fisher Foundation.
The five-year grant will add two new police positions and a clerical worker to an existing domestic violence detective. The unit will also work with the Women's Center and Shelter.
President and CEO Nicole Molinaro tells KDKA Radio that the grant will allow the unit to do much more, like collecting data “to improve investigations of domestic violence to review in a more meaningful way all domestic violence incident reports that come through.”
In a press release, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said the “unit members will participate in collaborative justice system projects and community outreach in the area of domestic violence. They will also participate in national training on domestic violence best practices for law enforcement and become leaders in implementing such best practices locally.”
“Pittsburgh Police officers respond to thousands of domestic violence calls every year, and this generous grant from the Nina Baldwin Fisher Foundation will enhance our services and responses to victims in desperate need of our help,” Mayor William Peduto said.
The city of Pittsburgh gets more than 13,000 domestic violence calls every year.
For more information on the Domestic Violence Unit, go to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania website.