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La Crosse Police Department receives tool to help domestic victims

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The “Domestic Abuse Response Team” or “D.A.R.T.” continues its program through the La Crosse Police Department and New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center with $450,000 grant.

The collaborative program helps victims of domestic abuse go through safety planning and funds law enforcement officers to specifically help people navigate the lengthy criminal process.

“You see a lot that you don’t want to see,” La Crosse Police Department Detective Lieutenant Tim O’Neill said. “But I’m glad that I can be there, along with my partners, to help people out of those shadows.”

“It allows our advocates to work with the victims and help them safety plan,” New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center Executive Director Ann Kappauf said. “[To] help them know about the safety of [the] shelter and the resources that we have to offer.”

The grant has funded D.A.R.T since 1999 and is awarded during October which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Marcus Aarsvold

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