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Rockefeller to host meeting on domestic violence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Domestic violence will be the subject of a conference being hosted by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller in the Eastern Panhandle.

The discussion on the federal Violence Against Women Act will be held Friday at the state Department of Health and Human Resources' Martinsburg office.

Participants will include officials from the judicial system and law enforcement, along with counselors and advocates.

Among the topics include curbing domestic violence, sexual assault and related crimes, helping victims and sharing resources.

The Violence Against Women Act is credited with helping significantly reduce incidents of domestic violence over the past two decades. But the law expired in 2011 and Congress has since struggled to come up with a replacement version to extend the act and expand its reach.

 


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