Florida pushes new domestic violence initiative

PANAMA CITY — Attorney General Pam Bondi and the state child welfare agency are partnering with local organizations on a new initiative to prevent domestic violence.

Advocates say the one size fits all approach in dealing with victims of domestic violence doesn't work. A new collaboration announced Thursday will place domestic violence advocates as liaisons between the court system, law enforcement agencies, and the Northwest Region of the Department of Children and Families. These advocates will help coordinate efforts to enhance survivor safety and to hold the abusive parent accountable.

Studies have shown that people who abuse their partners often abuse their children as well.

The goal is to keep more children safely in their home with the protective parent when possible instead of placing them in foster care.

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