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Police, Prosecutors Tracking Domestic Violence Offenders

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After an explosion in domestic violence tracking the violent. after an explosion in domestic violence cases, police and prosecutors are working more closely together to free victims from their violent situations.
What we are trying to do is build cases where the victim wouldn't have to testify and also give victims the support they need in our community to get away from that situation
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After an explosion in domestic violence tracking the violent. after an explosion in domestic violence cases, police and prosecutors are working more closely together to free victims from their violent situations.

One way they ll do that is by tracking domestic violence offenders. Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson  says the real change is more communication with the police department about repeat offenders so prosecutors can file these cases as quickly as possible.

"We've decided to focus our efforts working with the Springfield police department on repeat offenders," Patterson says.  Focusing on tracking those responsible for domestic violence. it s harder than it sounds.  "These cases are difficult to prosecute because the victim, unlike in other cases, has a connection, often intimate connection, to the offender and therefore, many times they don't want to cooperate with law enforcement or prosecution after their immediate safety on that day is established."

Greene County prosecutors and the Springfield police department are working to take the victim out of the middle, says Patterson. "What we are trying to do is build cases where the victim wouldn't have to testify and also give victims the support they need in our community to get away from that situation so that they would be in a place where they could cooperate."

Springfield Police will use their on board computers so they know who they re dealing with. "Within the record s management system if the police department the computers they have in their cars, those individuals are flagged so the officer will see that and have that information while they are arriving at the scene," Patterson explains.

That red flag will also help fast track cases through the courts. "Because we know domestic violence is a crime that can lead to escalation and greater danger for that victim we ve begun that focus so we can prioritize those cases and put more investigative resources and support resources toward those victims."

This is part of an overall campaign against domestic violence, that includes public service announcements.
Tonight, Harmony House is celebrating its Night of Unity at the Gillioz Theatre. it begins at 6:30 pm.  The event celebrates the survivors of domestic violence.


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