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‘Making progress’

Amanda Fehd

While domestic violence numbers are higher here than in many other communities, enforcement, prosecution and counseling efforts have improved over the years, according to police.

“I think that we are making some headway,” said Brad Williams, a domestic violence detective with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. “I worked as a detective 10 years ago and the whole way of dealing with domestic violence has changed drastically.

“Before, from a law enforcement perspective, we felt like we were having to attack it on our own, and I’m sure the Women’s Center felt they were having to attack it on their own, and now we’ve joined forces.”

The new way is a three-pronged approach which includes the Women’s Center, the district attorney’s office, as well as police.

This approach coordinates efforts in investigation, counseling, prosecution and helping the children recover.

“I don’t see as many repeat offenders as I did 10 years ago, and that’s where we are making strides,” Williams said. “People are a lot more aware of it now.”

Services have expanded to help those in need. Since its inception 20 years ago, he Women’s Center has grown from a one-room service center to a large building to serve clients, which also includes a transitional living center and shelter.

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