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7 sad days: one week of domestic violence

Marion County is on pace to have more than 2,000 cases of domestic violence this year. There already have been five that resulted in a death. The numbers have slowly been coming down since a peak in 2011, when 11 people died at the hands of an abuser. But “we’ve still got a long way to go,” said Monica Bryant, family violence coordinator at the Marion County Children’s Alliance.

Circuit Judge Steven Rogers swears in one of the parties involved in a domestic violence injunction hearing at the Marion County Judicial Center in Ocala on Tuesday. Bruce Ackerman/Star-Banner

Facts

Number for the week October 18 -24:

  • 19 arrests
  • 15 petitions for restraining orders
  • 32 injunction hearings scheduled on four judges’ dockets
  • 7 seven adult victims reported to OPD
  • 61 women and children, on average, staying at the domestic violence center

When staff writer Nicki Gorny interviewed CLSMF staff attorney Erin Brennan on the involvement of an attorney during these types of cases she replied, “A lot of times people are intimidated going into a court,” she said. “I can help them understand what it’s going to be like.”

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