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Georgia officers learning how to work with abuse victims

In many cases, a person will leave their partner as many as seven times before leaving their abusive significant other for good, according to a news report. This means that a police officer may be called out to the same residence multiple times to deal with domestic violence or other issues involving the same people. However, officers are reportedly being trained in how to stay vigilant in helping those who are being abused.

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is one group that is reportedly teaching officers how to give abuse victims the tools they need to eventually move on from an abusive spouse. Even if limited financial resources or lack of transportation or employment opportunities may prevent some people from leaving an abusive relationship for months or years, it may still be possible to connect an abused person to a local advocate. This person may be able to provide further resources to help someone leave their abuser.

In the training sessions, officers were directed to take this more personalized approach. Instead of just handing out a card with a name on it, they were asked to encourage victims to contact and develop a rapport with someone who can help. This may result in more people feeling confident about leaving their abusers sooner.

Leaving an abusive partner may not be as easy as packing a few belongings and getting out of the relationship for good. Financial, social and other attachments may keep an individual in a relationship even if he or she wants to leave. Talking to a family law attorney may make it easier to end an abusive relationship. An attorney may be able to help file restraining orders against abusers and cut off visitation with a person's child.

Source: Lagrange News, "Officers train on response to domestic violence", Melanie Ruberti, August 09, 2014

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