Nevada Official Unveils Programs To Fight Domestic Abuse

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has announced two new programs aimed at helping domestic violence victims in Nevada - which leads the nation in the number of domestic violence deaths per capita in 2005.

Cortez Masto said Thursday that one program will assist law enforcement with training, and the other will help Nevada prosecutors in handling domestic violence cases.

"We should be doing so much more and so much better for Nevada's families," Cortez Masto said, adding that the key is coordination among law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and treatment providers.

Law enforcement will be helped with an interactive training CD called "Domestic Violence & Elder Abuse Investigations."

The CD was put together by the attorney general's office, the Nevada
Commission on Peace Officers' Standards Training, or POST, and
various agencies and groups within the city of Henderson.

The 300 training discs will be used by more than 16,000 law enforcement officials across the state.

Susan Meuschke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against
Domestic Violence, said her group also plans new efforts to help
victims, including the development and expansion of housing resources in two rural communities and a court monitoring program to better understand the issues facing domestic violence victims.