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Ozark Devotes Investigator to Domestic Violence Cases

The Ozark Police Department has conducted a study which shows domestic violence has increased yearly from 2005 to 2008. The police department received a grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety to pay for a new domestic violence investigator. KSMU's Justin Lux reports.

Detective Sean Vorse will be the person working with victims of domestic violence.

"What drew me to this position was being able to take my cases further than when I was on patrol," Vorse said.

The new position allows Vorse to accompany victims to court where he will prepare them on what to expect if they have to testify. He says he will also be there for support.

Vorse says the stresses of the economy are a major factor in the increase in domestic violence.

"I think a lot of it is the economy. I think everyone is stressed out. Whether or not they may have a job or the risk of losing a job," Vorse explained.

Thousands of women and children were turned away from battered women’s shelters in Missouri last year because there was no room.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.