Domestic Violence Task Force tackles backlog of cases
SAN ANTONIO- Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood is making sure domestic violence cases never fall through the cracks. He created a domestic violence task force in 2015. It's made up of ten prosecutors to tackle the backlog of cases. He says the task force focuses on felony level assaults. So far, numbers have gone up.
“Prosecutions are up, convictions are higher and people that are guilty of abusing woman in a family setting are being sent to prison if it's appropriate,” said LaHood.
The office of court administration reports last year, 92 people were sentenced to prison for felony family violence assault compared to 25 in 2014.
When it comes to convictions, numbers show 238 in 2016 compared to 66 in 2014.
LaHood says the numbers also show more victims are getting protection.
“Law enforcement is going to investigate, we are going to prosecute and do that right thing,” said LaHood.
Options for abusers include prison time or rehab. The goal for the DA's office moving forward is to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to stopping domestic violence.
“Identify where the bad cues of someone that would be abusive to you,” said LaHood.