Criminal Justice Services, Community Support Services Launch
Domestic Violence Education Program for Pretrial Defendants
Mecklenburg County’s Criminal Justice Services and Community Support Services departments have launched a new domestic violence education program designed to reduce intimate partner violence and domestic violence related arrests.
The Pretrial Domestic Violence Education Program is geared toward pretrial defendants who are charged with a domestic violence related offense.
The education program was developed in collaboration with Safe Alliance and the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement.
The 10-week program offers domestic violence education to pretrial defendants in hopes of promoting community safety by reducing ongoing intimate partner violence, and domestic violence related arrests.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of domestic violence offenses occurring within our community. This has amplified the need for a service option for those in the pretrial phase,” said Sonya Harper, director, Criminal Justice Services. “Through our partnership with Community Support Services, this domestic violence education program for pretrial defendants will offer insight into risks associated with intimate partner violence and hopefully over time will result in a reduction in the number of domestic violence related arrests.”
“A critical part of Community Support Services’ mission is to intervene in and prevent domestic violence,” said Stacy Lowry, director, Community Support Services. “Education is one of the most powerful tools available to achieve this mission. The pretrial partnership with Criminal Justice Services will increase the number of people who are educated on understanding, addressing and preventing intimate partner domestic violence. Increased individual knowledge will lead to increased opportunities for reducing domestic violence community-wide.”
To learn more about the program, visit MeckNC.gov.
VIEW ALL NEWS
County services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400