Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday announced the expansion of a program aimed at curbing domestic violence.
Garcetti - speaking alongside wife Amy Wakeland - said the city will expand its "Domestic Abuse Response Teams." The team pair trained civilians with LAPD officers to respond to reported incidents of domestic abuse. The teams provide legal, emotional and medical support to victims.
The city currently has DART teams in 10 LAPD divisions. Garcetti on Monday said DART teams will be in all 21 LAPD divisions by the end of the year.
The Mayor's announcement falls within "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" and follows the release of a scathing report from City Controller Ron Galperin last week showing that anti-domestic violence programs in the city were underfunded.
Among the reports findings: Los Angeles spends less on anti-domestic violence programs per capita than other major cities. The report also found that DART team members only responded with officers to one out of every 30 domestic violence calls.
On average, Los Angeles Police Department officers respond to 131 domestic violence calls per day, averaging a total of 48,088 calls each year.
Garcetti also said that his Gang Reduction and Youth Development program will begin to provide domestic violence outreach and prevention.