Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
May 16, 2007
Lowndes County - The Haven Battered Women's Shelter works 24 hours a day to stop domestic violence in Lowndes County. "We have a 22 bed emergency bed shelter and 9 programs to help the victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse," says Mandy Rowe, Executive Director of the Haven in Valdosta.
But too many times they've seen domestic violence turn deadly. "The average woman leaves seven times before she leaves on her own or in a body bag," she says.
A fatality review just released by the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence shows nine of the 127 domestic violence deaths in Georgia in 2005 occurred in Lowndes County, one of the highest in the state.
Those statistics have police and other agencies working harder than ever to stamp out domestic violence. "We are never going to be happy with what we are doing until we can report we've had zero fatalities in domestic violence cases," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.
They are asking families, teachers, and even neighbors to look for signs. "I cannot tell you how many times I've answered a domestic violence call where the neighbors have called in," he says.
To take advantage of the free educational and awareness programs offered by the police department. "We have a specifically designed power point presentation that talks about the cycle of violence and battered women's syndrome."
And use the Haven and other organizations to get victims out of harms way. "We help with rent assistance, utility assistance, things that will help them get into a better situation, a safer situation for themselves and their children," Rowe says.
And hope their call to action will help save lives.
Georgia currently ranks seventh in the county for it's rate of men who kill women in single victim homicides.