Panel Recommends Consolidating Efforts to Curb Domestic Violence

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Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi's Domestic Violence Task Force is recommending that efforts of multiple agencies to combat domestic violence be consolidated.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the proposal has the backing of Gov. Phil Bryant.

Bryant says federal and state grants could be sent to the new agency. He says it would help the victims, make it easier for law enforcement and even reduce costs in the long run.

Currently grants go to the departments of health, mental health and public safety.

It will be up to the Mississippi Legislature to decide whether to create another agency to manage the funds and develop standards for entities that provide services to domestic violence victims.