DA’s of­fice raises aware­ness for Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Month

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The New­ton County District At­tor­ney’s (DA’s) Of­fice placed a pur­ple rib­bon on the Cov­ing­ton Square Tues­day to honor Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Aware­ness month.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence acts are com­mit­ted be­tween past or present spouses, per­sons who are par­ents of the same child, par­ents and chil­dren, step­par­ents and stepchil­dren, foster par­ents and foster chil­dren or other per­sons ex­clud­ing sib­lings living or for­merly living in the same house­hold.

Al­covy Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit District At­tor­ney Layla H. Zon pro­vided the fol­low­ing statis­tics:

From 2003 through 2015, at least 1550 Ge­or­gia cit­i­zens lost their lives due to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

As of the year 2015, Ge­or­gia ranks 17th in the na­tion for the rate at which men kill women in sin­gle-vic­tim, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence-re­lated mur­ders. Firearms were the lead­ing weapon of choice by bat­ter­ers. In over 41 per­cent of the cases, chil­dren were present dur­ing the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence homi­cide.

From 2012-2016 New­ton County has had 11 do­mes­tic vi­o­lence-re­lated deaths.

Zon said there are five Vic­tim-Wit­ness Ad­vo­cates in the DA’s of­fice. Ad­vo­cates as­sist vic­tims of crimes by keep­ing them ap­prised of court dates, en­sur­ing that vic­tims know their rights, ini­ti­at­ing fol­low up con­duct with vic­tims who have ob­tained Tem­po­rary Pro­tec­tive Or­ders (TPOs) or court or­ders pro­hibit­ing con­tact by their abuser, de­vel­op­ing safety plan strate­gies for vic­tims in­clud­ing re­fer­rals to shel­ters and coun­sel­ing, work­ing with young child vic­tims who may be fright­ened or in­tim­i­dated by the court sys­tem, gath­er­ing and pre­par­ing crime vic­tim’s com­pen­sa­tion ap­pli­ca­tion for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

The Crime Vic­tims Com­pen­sa­tion Pro­gram as­sists vic­tims with ex­penses they in­curred as a re­sult of a vi­o­lent crime and en­cour­ages vic­tims to par­tic­i­pate in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. These ex­penses can in­clude med­i­cal costs, men­tal health coun­sel­ing fees, funeral ex­penses, crime scene sanitation ex­penses, as well as loss of in­come or sup­port.

Dar­ryl Welch | The Cov­ing­ton News

A pur­ple rib­bon is placed on the Cov­ing­ton Square Tues­day by the DA’s of­fice in honor of Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Aware­ness month.

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