Three women die every day at the hands of a loved one.
Domestic violence is a problem that affects everyone in some way. Now, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office is about to get a financial boost in its fight against situations that can sometimes lead to murder.
The sheriff's office is one of just 12 law enforcement agencies nation-wide chosen to receive $200,000 in federal grant money.
Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the grant on Wednesday. It's part of the Department of Justice's "Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative" that aims to monitor high-risk offenders and identify potential victims.
Detective John Guard says more than half of the murder victims in Pitt County between 2008 and 2011 died at the hands of a family member. He hopes those statistics will drop with the help of the grant.
He says the sheriff's office will work with the Center for Family Violence prevention and a researcher from UNC-Chapel Hill to conduct risk-assessment research. They plan to analyze past and present domestic violence cases to find common themes and red flags.
Guard hopes they can develop prevention strategies to be used by law enforcement agencies state-wide.
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