WHAG NEWS - October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and officials are encouraging everyone to take a stand against what has become a problem in our area.
According to police, Dory Darden of Ranson attacked and threatened to kill his girlfriend, due to losing a card game. Darden was charged with domestic battery and assault. Officials say domestic violence is a problem in the Panhandle. Jefferson County's prosecuting attorney says his office is on a pace to issue more family protective orders this year compared to last.
"There are some just plain problems in the home, but it's the drug and alcohol that people just don't take face that issue either, then rolls over to the home and cause the abuse to kick in," said Ralph Lorenzetti, prosecuting attorney of Jefferson County.
While domestic violence is still an issue in Pennsylvania, the number of domestic violence fatalities have dropped from the years 2011 to 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Franklin County Prosecutor Matt Fogel say numbers have not increased over the past few years. In Maryland, the executive director of Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the abuse, known as CASA says she's seeing more women coming to the abuse shelter in Hagerstown this year.
"A key to this issue is isolation that they isolate the victim," said Vicki Sadehvandi of executive director of CASA. "They don't want them to have friends. They don't want them with there family members. They don't give them money because can control the person in that manner.
According to Frederick County officials in Virginia, there are already more reported domestic violence crimes this year than last. However Phil Griffin, an attorney who represents domestic violence victims says more women are coming forward and have knowledge of domestic violence issues.
"They give you a short term reprieve from the abuser," said Phil Griffin II, Esquire President/Phillip Griffin II PC. "You have the ability to request a protective order for up to two years. We have seen a number of cases and an increasing number of cases where that is being required."
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