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Prince George's officials highlight domestic violence awareness

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(WJLA) - Multiple agencies in Prince George's County spoke out Wednesday to end the silence often attached with domestic violence.
By taking a team approach, the goal is to make sure residents know about all of the resources they can turn to in a moment of crisis.

Eight years later, even with emotions still raw, Yvette Cade is a vision of strength. In 2005, an unthinkable crime changed her life.

"My ex-husband, after 10 months of separation, came to my job and set me on fire because I wanted nothing to do with him," said Cade.

While he sits behind bars, she shares her survival story, bringing greater awareness about domestic violence and guides others to seek help.

"If they had 2-1-1 for me when I was going through it, I would not be where I'm at," she said.

County leaders joined forces to let victims know they are not alone.

Tim Jansen, the executive director for Community Crisis Services, said, "2-1-1 is a service where folks can reach out and get information about a certain situation, talk to a supportive listener that's trained in how to talk to them to provide community resources."

Prince George's County Police say 20-percent of the homicides this year have been domestic-violence related. That statistic encouraged a countywide initiative for improvements, starting with prevention.

"We have centralized the domestic violence unit and have dedicated a team of 15 specially trained investigators to focus specifically on domestic violence," said Chief Mark Magaw.

This community outreach campaign to educate and inform rolled out during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the work will continue beyond October.

Click here to learn more about 2-1-1.

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