The Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking (CAPS) program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), in collaboration with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and local District Attorney’s offices, to increase the identification and reporting of intimate partner stalking cases, enhance both stalking arrests and prosecutions and link victims to critical services. The CAPS model is a homicide prevention program aimed at identifying intimate partner stalking cases and providing appropriate criminal justice and social services interventions before stalking behavior escalates to physical injury, serious physical injury or fatality. As part of the CAPS program, specialized training is conducted for NYPD police officers, members of the District Attorney’s office, and community partners to identify stalking behavior, better understand the New York State stalking statutes, recognize the use of technology in a stalking context, engage in risk assessment and safety planning, and work with victims to document and preserve evidence of stalking incidents.
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Working with people who cause harm is a critical component in our efforts to interrupt violence between intimate partners, to support survivors, and to foster healthy relationships and communities. Recognizing the need to develop effective programming for this population, the City launched the Interrupting Violence at Home initiative to develop evidence- and trauma-informed intervention models that address abusive behavior, and to reduce future abuse in intimate partner relationships. The non-mandated, community-based programming for people causing harm in their relationships created through the Interrupting Violence at Home initiative is part of the City’s commitment to the creation of innovative tools and strategies to end violence.