District Attorney's Office updates commission on domestic violence statistics

Representatives from the District Attorney's Office spoke to commission Monday about domestic violence statistics.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

On Monday, representatives form the District Attorney's Office spoke to county commission about domestic violence stats right here in Dougherty County.

Assistant District Attorney Victoria Johnson says the goal of the presentation was to inform not only commission but residents about the crimes that encompass domestic violence.

Topics discussed include battery verses simple battery charges and what makes up a family statute.

Johnson says the District Attorney's Office is moving over 300 domestic violence cases a year in Dougherty County alone.

She adds, many victims do not know there are an abundance of resources available to them.

"Some people don't know we've got a domestic violence shelter right here in our area and it serves seventeen counties through the Liberty House. They provide a shelter, they do case management, they help people get back on their feet who've been in these relationships," said Johnson.

According to Johnson, the District Attorney's Office currently has a grant in place where they were able to hire an additional prosecutor to handle domestic violence cases.

Most recently, commission approved the office to apply for an additional grant to expand the Stop the Violence Against Women principle.

They are waiting to see if they have been approved for the $80,000 dollar grant.

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