District attorney, Isidro Alaniz and local law enforcement announce new procedures to protect victims of domestic violence. What was once an option for victims is now mandatory. Anybody arrested and charged with domestic violence will be served an emergency protective order something district attorney Alaniz says will break the cycle of violence.
"It means a reduction in domestic violence and for the victim to have more confidence knowing there’s someone there that believes in them."
What an emergency protective order does is prohibit the perpetrator from going back to the household of the arrest for a minimum of 31 days to as long as 2 years. Chief of police, Ray Garner says in the past they would revisit the same homes a number of times and believes this new program will stop this from happening.
"In the past they would go to jail make bond and go home. The wife would call 911 and there have been times we've arrested the same person 3-4 times. Once the word gets out we hope to not get as many calls to the same house."
Last year Laredo police received over 8-thousand reports of domestic violence and in the last 6 months the D.A.'s office has issued 550 emergency protective orders. With this program the district attorney and law enforcement have a message for victims and that is your not alone.
"Law enforcement is behind you. Make that call. If you've had enough make that call."