Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
On Wednesday, community leaders came together to learn about a new tool that can help victims assess how much danger they're in and stop cases before they turn deadly. The Lucas County Prosecutor's Office hosted two, free training sessions on the Danger Assessment Instrument in an effort to fight local domestic violence cases.
Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, developed the Danger Assessment Instrument. This valuable tool helps determine the amount of danger an abused woman faces and the likeliness she may be killed by her intimate partner. The method was originally developed by Campbell with consultation and content validity support from battered women, shelter workers, law enforcement officials, and other clinical experts on battering.
Gerber's death, along with other domestic violence cases in the area, have local leaders desperately looking for change.
"The cases that we have seen of late, it seems almost like an explosion. We have cases every single week," said Prosecutor Julia Bates. "We need to do as much as we can to educate people and try to prevent this."
Bates helped organize a special training event Wednesday so community leaders could learn how to offer support for victims. She says the more people who learn to use the Danger Assessment Instrument, the better.
"Judges, prosecutors, police officers - we deal with this every day, but getting people from the church, getting people from nonprofits here to understand what the situation is, what the problems are, what the solutions might be - that's great," said Bates.
That's why people like Pastor Glenn Lewis are getting involved.
"People come to church. They're usually looking pretty happy, but maybe there's an undercurrent. We'd like to find out: Is it really there and what can we do to help take care of it?" explained Lewis.
Bates is determined to take a proactive approach to the increasing number of domestic violence cases in the Glass City and hopes initiatives like this will help prevent another tragedy.
"The time has come to take a strong stance against domestic violence," said Bates. "The more knowledge our prosecutors and victim advocates can gain, the better able we will be to detect a life-threatening situation and take all necessary action within our power."