April 11, 2018
National Victims Crime Week...Hidden Domestic Violence Victims
Millions of innocent children a year are hidden victims of
domestic violence. These young, impressionable
minds witness horrendous acts of violence, often against the person from whom
they rely on for love, comfort and security.
Not only does domestic violence have long term negative effects on the
victim of the actual abuse, it also causes lasting problems for the children
who witness the violence.
In our continuous efforts to look towards more ways to
expand the circle and reach more victims, the El Dorado County District
Attorney Office has implemented new protocols aimed to help child witnesses of
domestic violence. Forensically trained
professionals interview minor witnesses about observed violence in a child
friendly atmosphere. Counseling services
provided ensure minors have the tools needed to truly stop the cycle of
violence from reaching additional generations. District Attorney Vern Pierson
stated, It is imperative that we commit to educating future generations so they can be better equipped to stop domestic violence situations before they start.