DA Launches New Domestic Violence Team
Even in this re-enactment, you can feel the horror and the complications of domestic violence. The victim, the perpetrator and the children... they're all related. These cases are complex. Andrew Murray, Mecklenburg County's District Attorney says "There's specialized training they're special cases and we need to make certain that we're doing the best job to take care of them in Mecklenburg County."
That's why Murray launched a new team to specialize in Domestic Violence cases. Prosecutor Jamie Adams spearheads the team. Adams is a single mom who is passionate about helping to end the cycle of violence. Jamie Adams, Assistant District Attorney says "not only am I skilled in this subject matter but I am also very involved in the community. if the domestic violence community can see me out at walks, they can see me out at the events they have in the community and I'm always there, I'm always there and I'm also in the courtroom fighting just as hard."
Advocate groups applaud the move not just for victims but for the community. Amanda Wilson, United Family Services Chief Strategy Officer and former victim advocate in doestic violence cases says "normally victims are victimized over and over again and perpetrators perpetrate the crime against multiple women over and over time so by putting your resources to stop it the first time you're actually preventing future court cases which cost money and take up court time."
Here at the courthouse the domestic violence unit begins its work officially this month and while the team is new we're told it's a permanent addition to the DA's office.