More than 20,000 cases of domestic violence have been reported in Alabama. In Houston County nearly 2,100, and the numbers continue to rise.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of concrete evidence or the victim not showing in court, prosecutors have little to go on, but now a cooperative effort will help change that.
The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the House of Ruth, and the Houston County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force are sponsoring training followed by a mock trial.
The training, which will feature Lieutenant Steve Searcy of Montgomery, will focus on how to effectively prosecute a case even if the victim won't come forward.
Then, a mock trial dealing with this issue will follow.
“It's not going to be your same ole' same ole' training. He's going to have a lot of crime scene photos, and he'll possibly be playing 911 calls, and it's going to be more a demonstrative type of training," said Jeassica Rasche of the House of Ruth.
The training is scheduled for May 5 in Dothan Municipal Court. For more information on registration, call 793-5214.