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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Under a first of its kind partnership the Huntsville police department’s domestic violence unit will move under the same roof of experts from the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), WHNT News 19 has learned.

The expanded public/private partnership will give authorities more tools to help investigate crimes against children.

“New data shows us children who are in a home where there is domestic violence present are six times more likely to be the victims of sexual abuse,” NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin says.

Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris says it will be helpful for his team to be inside the same space with all the other parties involved in dealing with crimes against children.

“This is something very unique and we are excited to be a part of making our community safer,” Morris says.

The program will be fully functional Monday according to Newlin.