Groups met to stop domestic violence

On average, four abusive relationships in St. Joseph County end in death every year.

Tuesday, the St. Joseph County YWCA and the Domestic Violence Review Team released their recommendations on how to bring that number to zero. Both spent a full year reviewing local domestic violence cases.

They studied how well the justice system spots lethality indicators. Those are behaviors that predict an abusive relationship is more likely to end in homicide. For example: homicide is nine times more likely where there is constant jealousy in the relationship.

They concluded that the system should do a better job of spotting those indicators, and taking action. One of the recommendations was to include domestic violence education in grade school curriculum.

The teams also recommended that prosecutors seek more felony convictions when they can and requiring more abusers to complete intervention programs.

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