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Law enforcement agencies meet to discuss family violence

Law enforcement agencies from around south Georgia met to discuss family violence. Law enforcement agencies from around south Georgia met to discuss family violence.
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Jennifer Thomas Jennifer Thomas
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -  The Georgia Commission on Family Violence wants victims of domestic abuse to know there is help for them.

Law enforcement officials from around South Georgia met Friday to learn the latest on domestic violence laws and statistics in the state. 

Last year, Georgia had nearly 120 deaths resulting from domestic violence. 

This session was focused on getting victims to take advantage of the programs available.

Interim Executive Director Jennifer Thomas said, “So that the victims who are reaching out to law enforcement are also connecting to the local domestic violence program, so that they can get the appropriate help they need to be able to leave that relationship.”

Last year, only 18% of victims reached out to their local programs.

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