Posted: Sep 21, 2009 6:01 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Sep 21, 2009 6:10 PM
District Attorney Hillar Moore announced today the addition of an assistant district attorney to solely handle cases of domestic violence.
Nearly 700 cases of domestic violence come into the DA's office every year and often get put on the back burner.
"We need to make sure the victims of violence are getting the treatment and protection that's necessary so that they don't become a victim of a violent offense or a homicide," said Moore.
Moore hopes the addition will increase the number of prosecutions of domestic violence.
"If we prosecute, if we hold perpetrators accountable, then victims will feel safer in their community," said Martha Forbes, director of the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center in Baton Rouge.
Forbes hopes the DA's office will continue their efforts in fighting domestic violence. Moore plans to add a victim's assistance coordinator and also an investigator that will work domestic violence cases only.