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Marine base raises domestic violence awareness

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thursday, base and community leaders stressed that while Domestic Violence Month only comes around once a year, it's a problem that should be addressed every day.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says years ago domestic violence often wasn't treated seriously by law enforcement or people involved.

That led to a string of murders that resulted in Albany being named the Murder Capital of the world in 1988.

"It was an eye opener for us as a community, obviously," said Chief Don Cheek of the Dougherty County Police Department. "We look at it differently. The old mindset had been there's nothing you can do about family violence, people are going to fight. The new mindset said we've got to be more aggressive, show tolerance for family violence."

MCLB Albany Colonel Williams said, "We do have a problem and we've got to work to fix that problem."

Colonel Terry Williams signed a proclamation urging the Marine family to become more aware of the tragedy of domestic violence and to be mindful that the scars from abuse are often permanent.


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