LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Lynn Haven Police Chief Ricky Ramie said they've seen around 150 acts of domestic violence in the city within the past year.
Lynn Haven is considering an addition to the police department. (WJHG/WECP)
"As the heat increases, PTSD from the hurricane, I can tell there is a rise in domestic violence cases," said Chief Ramie.
"We've had several violent murders of women over the past year in Bay County and one here in Lynn Haven," said Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson.
Chief Ramie said the victims of these crimes were harmed by boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses and other family members. Now the police department is considering adding a new domestic violence crimes unit.
"Obviously the numbers can substantiate a domestic violence unit. It would include an investigator that would work domestic violence and children's' crimes," explained Ramie.
They would also bring in a victims advocate to reach out to the victims and offer resources to help them recover.
"This victim at some point tried to reach out to someone to get help. Those are the follow-up statements we need to make and utilize with this unit as well the victims advocate to bring this information forward," said Ramie.
However Chief Ramie said with all the hurricane recovery efforts in the works, they may not have the money to set up the unit right now.
"Funding would be something that we'd have to look out and reach for grants or some way we could generate enough funding to make this unit productive," said Ramie.
Chief Ramie said he plans to add the costs for the unit to next year's budget for the city commission to approve.
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