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Valdosta D.A. offers help, wants to curb domestic violence

Carla Williams Carla Williams
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The District Attorney's Office in Valdosta is offering some tips to help people avoid becoming a victim of domestic violence.

On Tuesday, Valdosta Police say 40 year-old Donnaille James shot his estranged wife, 40 year-old Sharonda James, to death after he showed up at her house unexpectedly to confront her about their separation. 

"The best thing to do," said Carla Williams, Victims Services Coordinator for the DA's office, "is to empower them with information and resources so that they can take the necessary steps when they're ready. It's important to understand that domestic violence is about power and control. And when the abuser feels like he or she has lost control, that's when the situation can become very dangerous."

District Attorney David Miller said cases like the murder on Tuesday are not uncommon.

"Based on our experience in our five counties, in the thirty years that I've been doing this, if a woman is gonna become a homicide victim there is a greater than 80% chance that the person who killed her is either going to be her husband, her ex-husband, her boyfriend, or her ex-boyfriend," said Miller.

Georgia residents can call the 24 hour, confidential domestic violence help line at 1-800-33-HAVEN for more information.

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