Offering hope in the fight against domestic violence

TITLE: Offering hope in the fight against domestic violence

SOURCE: The Niagara Gazette

DATE: October 3rd, 2017

BY: Phillip Gambini

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In 1994 — a year that is among the most violent in recent local record – Niagara County saw 12 homicides. 

Over half of the murders were found to be related to domestic violence, according to Susan LaRose, the DV coordinator for the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, which provides outreach and guidance to those who report such incidents.

LaRose said ’94 was a year she and colleagues in other agencies advocating for similar causes began a coalition to help address the issue. 

Dr. Dana Radatz, an assistant professor in Niagara University’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice – another partner in the coalition – said she has worked in other states on the topic of domestic violence. The close relationships of Niagara’s advocacy groups is “somewhat unique,” she said.

“The response here is much more cohesive and agencies work collaboratively to address issues,” Radatz said in a roundtable discussion with other stakeholders in the Domestic Violence Intervention Program last week.

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