According to a recent article in the Miami Herald, the police department of Davie, Florida is partnering with Women in Distress (a state-certified domestic violence center serving Broward County) to add a new full time position devoted to investigating domestic violence. Davie Detective Mark Brent is a former burglary detective who has been named to this new position. The move is part of a broader initiative to track trends and monitor domestic violence cases more closely.
According to Brent, his new position differs from investigating burglaries because often suspects can’t be found. Most domestic violence cases have an identifiable suspect, and the suspect can often be tracked if police respond to multiple domestic violence calls at the same address.
The town of Davis reported 266 cases of domestic violence in the first six months of this year. In 2008, the total was 446, and in 2007, it was 361, so this could signal a dangerous trend. Across the country, a woman is battered by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner every nine seconds, according to Women in Distress of Broward County.
New officer focuses on the victims, Miami Herald, August 16, 2009
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