Our District Attorney on Domestic Violence

From the October 21, 2013 Press Democrat’s “Letters to the Editor …”

Domestive Violence

EDITOR: October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

As we pause to reflect on the toll this crime takes on our community, we realize that one in four women will be a victim. At a recent luncheon in Santa Rosa, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye reflected about the time she worked as a trial judge. She said a majority of domestic violence cases fell apart before they got into court. Sadly, that statistic hasn’t changed as much as we’d like, despite the dedication of people in organizations such as the YWCA, law enforcement agencies and my office.

The good news is we are joining together to provide support and services to victims. Additionally, we are seeking accountability on the part of the offender whenever possible, and it’s making a difference.

Providing these victims with safety and hope is the work of all of us. We should reflect on what each of us can do to help someone in distress each day.

Sonoma County district attorney

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