ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County's top prosecutor is putting a sharper focus on domestic violence cases.
Domestic violence is a crime that can create complications for prosecutors trying to seek justice for the victims. That's because there are unique challenges with domestic violence cases.
One challenge is that often times a victim will move, making it tough to gather information for the case and bring it quickly to a conclusion.
The head of the Dougherty County District Attorney's Domestic Violence Division said bringing on a second full-time prosecutor plus a victim advocate dedicated to domestic violence cases will improve outcomes.
"To really focus in on getting those cases to court, getting those cases tried, and holding the batterers accountable in a manner that is quick is really what we are trying to do," said Dougherty Assistant District Attorney Victoria Johnson.
The D.A.'s office has applied for a $77,836 grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, each year for two years. The grant falls under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Dougherty County's match will include at least $16,667 comprised of in-kind services.
If awarded, the money will be used to hire a prosecutor and a victim advocate as well as some equipment.