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GA AG targets domestic violence

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Georgia's Attorney General says he won't tolerate domestic violence. Sam Olens joined advocates to issue the 7th annual Domestic Violence Fatality report.

There were more than 130 documented domestic violence deaths in Georgia in 2010, but the numbers may actually be higher. Georgia ranks 10th in the country for the rate at which men kill women in single victim homicides. Local advocates agree with the attorney general that there are gaps in the system that need to be filled.

"What kind of questions do we need to be asking?" asked  Liberty House Exec. Director Silke Deeley, MA. "When we show up and we see he's either not there, or she's not willing to say much, get some history. I think that's really important and to let people know what resources are available and that saying 'Oh, you can call Liberty House and they will help you,' but if you don't explain what Liberty House can do to help them, then they don't think that service is for them."

Liberty House provides shelter and other programs to help victims. Deeley says teen dating violence also needs to be addressed. More than half the victims in the report were between the ages of 16 and 24 when they began their relationship with the partner who eventually killed them.