Officials: Domestic abuse a growing threat in SW Georgia

Published: Oct. 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Law enforcement officials say they're fighting a growing threat of domestic abuse in southwest Georgia.

The Liberty House has placed purple ribbons along some city streets in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The victim's witness assistance office has reported a recent increase in incidents. They say the economic downturn may be to blame after creating more stress and tension in households facing financial troubles.

"It needs to be addressed because people are harmed everyday. And people are not just harmed, but actually killed as a result of domestic violence. And we just want to try to help put a stop to it," said Tonya Hall, Dir. of Victim Witness Assistance.

Hall said emergency agencies are holding different campaigns for the remainder of October. She said free purple ribbons, the symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, are available to the public in the courthouse lobby.

She also said recognizing signs of aggressive partners are key to staying out of harm's way, and urges those in danger to call 911 immediately.

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