Herring speech marks new anti-domestic violence program in Norfolk

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The state’s top law-enforcement officer will be in Norfolk Friday to draw attention to domestic violence.

Virginia Attorney General Mark D. Herring will speak at 11 a.m. at YWCA South Hampton Roads, 500 E. Plume St., to mark the launch of the South Hampton Roads Coordinated Crisis Response for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. A hotline and community-response program, the initiative will help victims of stalking, human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence in Hampton Roads, according to a release from Herring’s office.

“This one-stop shop will allow a victim to immediately connect with resources in their community that can help them find safety regardless of which city they live in,” the release said.

The event comes as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October.

In 2012, 117 people from Virginia died in homicides that were related to domestic violence, or roughly 34 percent of the state’s 344 murders that year, according to the National Coalition to End Domestic Violence. The majority of the victims were killed with firearms.

Earlier this week, Herring announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to increase use of the Lethality Assessment Protocol, which can help save lives by predicting and preventing domestic homicide.

A Herring spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment before deadline.

More information is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Resources are also online at DomesticShelters.org.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.