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Pittsburgh police to be trained to better help suspected victims of domestic violence

| Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 1:48 p.m.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday passed legislation that requires police officers to assess whether suspected victims of domestic violence are in immediate danger.

The bill sponsored by Councilman Ricky Burgess requires police officers to undergo training provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Officers will ask suspected victims of domestic violence 11 questions to determine their risk of homicide or other serious harm. If the risk is high, police would immediately offer the person access to a domestic violence help line operated by the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Burgess has said the death of Ka'Sandra Wade, 33, of Larimer inspired the legislation. Wade's boyfriend shot and killed her, police said. Her body was found New Year's Day.

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