Greensboro police form family victims unit

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police have formed a family victims unit in an effort to better respond to cases involving domestic violence, child abuse and at-risk youth.

Police said the new unit seeks to improve services to family members and to enhance criminal investigations into related offenses.

“Law enforcement officials, child advocates, and social workers are now understanding the complex dynamics in these areas and how they are all inter-connected,” Lt. Karen Walters said.

Walters, who heads the Criminal Investigations Division’s Crimes Against Persons section, has been researching the most effective ways to reduce the instances and impact of family violence.

As a result, the police department’s Juvenile Services Unit and Special Victims Unit have merged to form the new Family Victims Unit.

Police said the new unit will investigate all cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and crimes against children.

To learn more about family abuse issues and ways to get help, visit Greensboro-NC.gov.

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