Domestic Violence Awareness Month Begins

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According to the Family Support Council of Douglas County, in 2005, Nevada led the nation in the number of domestic violence-related deaths. October, domestic awareness month, began with a candlelight vigil in Gardnerville Monday evening.

Participants marched in Heritage Park singing "Amazing Grace," and holding candles. It's the tenth year for the annual event.

Speaking to the group, the Douglas County Sheriff said in 2006 there were 769 domestic violence calls. This year, he says the number of calls in the county will likely top 800. He says there were 102 in the month of July alone.

Mark Jackson, the Douglas County District Attorney, is hoping a new grant will help combat the problem. Jackson said later this month, county commissioners will consider accepting a $500,000 federal grant. He said it's hoped the money can be used to hire a special victims investigator, and for GPS monitoring of those accused, among other expenditures.

Jackson said commissioners will consider the issue on October 18th.