Dealing with Domestic Violence

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

The state of Alabama has prepared a ‘How to Handbook’ when it comes to those who deal directly with domestic violence victims.

Statistics show women between the ages of 15 and 44 usually are more prone to be victims of domestic violence; in fact, it's the most common injury for that age range.

Still however, the crime goes largely unreported.

So when victims do take the step to report they've been battered, they're reaching out. Statewide, the attorney general's office wants to make sure those dealing with the victims are on the same-page.

Dale/Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams said, "What we want is law enforcement, social workers, and prosecutors to be on the same page. So that number one, we can bring offenders to justice, and two, so we can help the victims recover either through programs or shelter[s] or just getting away when they usually don't feel they can."

Last October a 26-member task force made up of law enforcement, judges, prosecutors and victims advocates was formed to review state law as related to domestic violence.

From there, the group came up with a domestic violence protocol.

The protocol could be better for prosecutors and also for the victim.

Currently, there's a problem in our area with recidivism.

Chief Tony Spivey with the Ozark Police Department said, 'I think that it will give law enforcement guidance on hopefully, how to stop the revolving door of continual domestic violence, especially between the same people."

In 2005, domestic violence incidents made up 11 percent of all reported violent offenses and 34 percent of other reported assaults.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one out of three women around the world has been battered, manipulated into sex or otherwise abused during their lifetime.


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