Solicitor expands response to domestic violence incidents
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling is expanding her #NOTinmyDEKALB initiative by hiring a victim advocate as second-response personnel for misdemeanor domestic violence incidents at the DeKalb County Police Department’s East Precinct.
“In 2019, we were able to provide a resource to our community that’s never been provided before. We were able to connect with victims earlier in the process, which allowed us to better assist victims and their families,” said Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling. “Our South Precinct advocate has made such an impact and we know more of our community needs this resource. The pandemic showed us the expansion we planned needed to happen sooner rather than later.”
Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling received additional funding from DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson to expand domestic violence prevention throughout the county. With the funding she created the #NOTinmyDEKALB initiative, which provided second-response personnel from her office to the DeKalb’s South Precinct. By hiring a victim advocate for East Precinct, she’s continuing the necessary work of #NOTinmyDEKALB.
The victim advocate in East Precinct will have the opportunity to engage with victims earlier in the process of arresting the perpetrator. The advocate will also assist with information, resources and allow for early intervention in these misdemeanor domestic violence incidents.
Since taking office, it has been Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling’s goal to equip her community with the resources and knowledge needed to better identify problematic patterns that could lead to deadly consequences. By extending these resources she will strengthen partnerships and create a stronger network that can interrupt this deadly cycle.
For more information on the Not in My DeKalb initiative, visit www.NotinMyDekalb.com.
The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General, led by Donna Coleman-Stribling, prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the State Court of DeKalb County. These crimes generally include domestic violence, elder abuse, cruelty to children, vehicular homicide, drunk driving, stalking and harassment, trespassing, and animal cruelty. The Solicitor-General’s Office handles more than 13,000 cases annually and consists of a staff of attorneys, investigators, victim-witness advocates, community prosecutor, legal secretaries, and a communications director. The Office prides itself on the professional and impartial prosecution of crimes while working closely with police and members of the community to develop strategies to prevent crimes before they occur. Stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter.