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Domestic violence stats released for Georgia

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Tonya Hall Tonya Hall
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A new study released today shows so far this year, 14 people in Georgia have been killed due to domestic violence. It's a problem officials are working to combat and they're looking to the community for help.

The shooting at the Fitzgerald Walmart on Monday morning is one incident of suspected domestic violence. Police say Pam Garner was shot by her estranged husband.

She survived, but many domestic violence victims don't.

"Domestic violence is a pretty big problem in Dougherty County," said Tonya Hall with the

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence released new information, which ranks Georgia 12th in the nation for men killing women in single victim homicides.

In 2013, 116 Georgians died due to domestic violence, that's 15 fewer deaths than 2012.

The study found the victim is most at risk for serious injury or death when he or she is leaving an abusive relationship.

"That's when you see the black eyes and the bruises and things like that, they women coming in with those. And thankfully we have the Liberty House to be able to refer those women to," said Hall.

The Liberty House serve 17 counties in South Georgia. "We provide anything that they would need. If that may be clothing, food, whatever it is, we provide those needs for the victims and their children," said Keisha Massey, the assistant director of the Liberty House.

The Victim Witness Assistance program in Dougherty County hosts different events to raise awareness about domestic violence, but officials wish they had more assistance.

"I wish there was more funding for awareness so that we could help make the community more aware," said Hall.

For now they're relying on the community to spread the word and alert authorities if they notice an abusive relationship.

You can reach a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Lines by calling 1-800-334-2836 or (229) 439-7065.

For more information on the study go to www.gcadv.org or www.gcfv.org

 

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