Domestic violence deaths drop in Santa Clara County

February 14, 2011 5:05:28 PM PST
Domestic violence deaths have dropped in Santa Clara County.

The district attorney gives credit to countless hours of hard work by police, social workers, and the medical community with reducing the number of domestic violence deaths last year.

Domestic violence deaths plummeted to five last year as compared to eleven in 2009. No children died last year after three lost their lives in 2009. Prosecutors, police, victim's advocates, and others urge both victims and abusers to ask for help before it is too late.

"They will often apologize profusely for the bad conduct, but then again, will turn around and do it again. Domestic violence does not get better on its own. You must have intervention," Assistant District Attorney Rolanda Pierre-Dixon told ABC7.

The annual domestic violence review examines key details about couples and tries to identify symptoms that may trigger violence.

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