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Grant money given to help domestic violence disputes

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Domestic violence cases too often get dismissed in court because the relationships are emotional and often the victim's story changes to protect the abuser. A $200,000 federal grant will be used to hire a team to specialize in these complicated cases and help make sure they are heard in court. Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey says around 550 domestic violence cases cross her desk every year in Brunswick County alone. About one third are dismissed in court. “One thing that most people don't understand is that almost all of the victim's of domestic violence either recant or change their story. The victims want the violence to end but they want to continue the relationship because they love the person and they love the good things about that person that they see outside of the violence,” Essey said. In a recent case in Brunswick County, a domestic violence victim dropped a restraining order against her alleged abuser, Alton Lawrence Walters and the two lived together for another year. This past Sunday, a deputy shot and killed Walters after responding to a disturbance call. Thanks to a federal grant last year, Brunswick County was able to start a domestic violence prosecution program. Now it's Columbus and Bladen's turn. "Because of the dynamics in the relationships between the parties involved in the crime, you have to have a specialized prosecutor to coordinate all of the resources available to the victim, and to make sure the case is fully prosecuted from beginning to end,” Essey explained. The new grant will allow Columbus and Bladen counties to start their own program with a specialized prosecutor and victim witness coordinator to handle the cases for the next two years. The additional caseworkers will be trained in Brunswick County's domestic violence program. The new prosecution program will begin in Columbus County in November.

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If the woman was that afraid

If the woman was that afraid of her husband/boyfriend, she would not leave to start with, let alone taking out papers against him.

lisson up

You people making these comments must not had ever seen or been in a abusive relationship!!!If you had you would know that most women change thier mind because of the threat of dying if they do not stay. A lot of these men are good at keeping the women so scared that leaving can not feel like an option. But with a little help that lets the women know someone is behind them and he can not get to them MORE DEATHS will be avoided. So look at what is going on before you start complaining about the money. I would rather have my life than money any day.

Funding for Domestic Violence

With our governement over spending by trillions where does the $200k come from for this program? We can't FUND our way out of domestic violence. These women for whatever reason return of their own free will to men that abuse them. As a society we should be concerned with providing them 1)emergency shelter and 2) removing minor children if the woman CHOOSES to return to a battering spouse/boyfriend.

OK, let's get this

OK, let's get this straight......a spouse, live-in or whatever, takes her/his partner to court for domestic violence. Then, they recant or drop charges. Now, taxpayer money is going to "help" these people that change horses in mid-stream. Does not make a lot of sense to me. I feel that people that change their minds for whatever reason should repay everyone involved in the case, police, court officials, attorney fees, etc.