ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia law enforcement and court officials learn about a new law that advocates hope will protect the elderly from violence.
Police and Judges from Dougherty County were trained by state officials about the law that makes an assault involving strangulation a felony aggravated assault.
Studies show 44 percent of domestic violence victims are strangled, including many elderly victims.
Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "The new laws help us to protect the elderly. Help us to have more leeway when we go in."
Albany Police Chief John Proctor said "Make sure they are engaged in this type training and others that will help benefit out actions and our interactions with the aging community."
The Sheriff's Office says they investigate two dozen cases a month of suspected elder abuse, and expect that to increase as the population ages.