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South Georgia cops train to help domestic violence victims

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia law enforcers get specialized training in dealing with domestic violence victims.

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence reports the Peach State is tenth in the nation for domestic violence murders.

Tuesday the Commission's training officers taught Dougherty County Sheriff's Deputies and Albany Police Officers methods for dealing with victims and offenders. In 2012 there were 128 domestic violence fatalities recorded in Georgia. State officials want law enforcers to be ready to help victims when they are called.

"Have resources available to give the victims, so the victim knows this is a service I can have," said Georgia Commission on Family Violence Program Manager Jennifer Thomas.  "I can go to the domestic violence agency and get some assistance and support for leaving the relationship."

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence was created in 1992 to try to break the cycle of family violence. Wednesday the trainers will work with Thomas County law enforcement.

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