Cordova hosting meeting on domestic violence
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 26, 2013 | 1381 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Domestic violence will be the topic of discussion at the Cordova Neighborhood Watch meeting Thursday night. Lila Sears, outreach advocate at Daybreak, will be the guest speaker.

“I feel like it’s important to get information out there about the signs of abuse and what you can do to get help,” Police Chief Nick Smith said.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Last year, the Cordova Police Department took 53 reports of domestic violence and made 12 arrests. So far this year, there have been 12 reports and six arrests.

Domestic violence is chronically underreported, according to the NCADV. Only 25 percent of all physical assaults, 20 percent of all rapes, and half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.

Smith said in most cases, the aggressor has already left the scene by the time officers arrive.

However, officers can make an arrest without a warrant if the person is present.

Smith said it has been his experience that most men don’t appreciate the seriousness of a domestic violence charge.

“If you’re convicted of a domestic violence charge, you lose your right to carry a firearm. For men who hunt and do different things that involve guns,” Smith said.

Women can also be charged with domestic violence.

The neighborhood watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall.