Panel Advises on Reducing Domestic Violence Deaths

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A statewide panel is recommending stricter policies on restraining orders and less leniency for defendants in an effort to reduce the state's domestic violence deaths.

A report released Thursday by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto offers 17 suggestions for tackling the issue.

Nevada had the highest rate in the country in 2011 for domestic violence cases that involved a man killing a woman.

The task force recommends exploring instant protection orders, which would allow victims protection immediately after a domestic violence incident.

The report also suggests working with judges and attorneys to prevent pleading down, which can reduce the sentence for a domestic violence incident and make punishment less effective.

The report combines recommendations from fatality review boards in Clark and Washoe counties and third organized by Masto.