- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials are hoping that a coordinated anti-stalking initiative could save lives.

The announcement was made Friday by the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the NYPD and the Staten Island district attorney.

The goals include prevention, educating police and prosecutors, and linking victims with vital services.

Prosecutors will examine cases for evidence of stalking behavior and add charges when appropriate.

Officials say over half of all female homicide victims nationwide had reported stalkers to police.

Staten Island has seen a 37 percent increase in domestic violence arrests from 2010 to 2013. This year, it’s had a 16 percent rise through April.

The program is called CAPS - “Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking.”

Officials say it will build on the success of the Staten Island Domestic Violence Response Team.

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Online: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocdv/html/home/home.shtml

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