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Plan For GPS Monitors Could Cut Domestic Violence In Buncombe Co.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Leaders are working on a plan to allow Buncombe County judges to order domestic violence criminals to wear a GPS monitor.

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office says the sheriff supports the plan for dangerous offenders who have a high likelihood of committing another domestic violence act.

There were 14 homicides in that county last year, six of which resulted from domestic violence.

County commissioners and police agencies are still working on the plan. According to the domestic violence agency Helpmate, it would also include an standardized assessment to figure out how dangerous a partner is.

Ann Flynn at Helpmate says it is frustrating for victims to see abusers continue to violate restraining orders.

"A lot of abusers will not give up even with a protective order in place and it really causes a lot of mental and physical agony," Flynn said.

Helpmate will take 1000 calls on its crisis line this year and will assist about 160 women and their children at the emergency shelter.

Flynn says they're helping a lot more people per capita compared to other counties in the state.
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