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Brief: Seminar Aims to Boost Prosecutions of Domestic Violence

May 24, 2009 — A quarter of all criminal cases filed in the territory stem from some sort of domestic-violence dispute. Now V.I. authorities will get some help bringing the guilty parties in those incidents to justice.
Attorney General Vincent Frazer announced a four-day training seminar happening this week, tackling the issue of prosecuting domestic and sexual violence.
Members of the V.I. Department of Justice, along with members of the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, will provide training to those closest to the issues of domestic and sexual violence, including assistant attorneys general, V.I. police officers, and victim and witness advocates.
Seminar organizers hope to further develop a territory-wide approach to handling domestic and sexual-assault cases through the proper collection, preservation and presentation of forensic evidence.
Participants will also learn techniques on working with reluctant, absent or hostile witnesses.
The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Beach Resort on St. Thomas.
For more information, contact Sara Lezama at 340-774-5666, ext. 171.
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