Dealing with Domestic Violence

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

The statistics are staggering. One in four families have dealt with it. Every five seconds, another person falls victim to it. It is the most dangerous and common call for law enforcement officers.

"It is one of those crimes that runs rampant amongst every community. It affects every one of us," said Bob McBride, facilitator for the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy at NAS Meridian.

Mississippi is no stranger to domestic violence. In fact, the Magnolia State is second in the nation for domestic violence arrests.

The problem is complex in nature. There are programs that help victims, programs for the assailants, but checking to be sure a batterer does not commit the crime again takes collaboration.

"We wanted to bring everybody to the same table and talk about the cases," said Care Lodge director Leslie Payne. "And it is just a way to enhance what we already have. A Coordinated Community Response (CCR) team is going to not only protect the victim but it will help hold the offender accountable for their actions as well."

The brand new Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence already covers nine counties. Law enforcement agencies, Metro Ambulance, Human Services, and Care Lodge are just a few partners that meet every week to discuss cases from across the region.

"We do have a lot of agencies that service victims in their cities, maybe even their counties, but sometimes there are issues extending beyond those borders," said Savannah Martin of the Newton Police Department. "The CCR allows all of our agencies to come together, across counties, across the region, eventually across the state and then we can all come together to be effective."

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