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Walton County Sheriff's Office To Take On One-Of-A-Kind Domestic Violence Initiative

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Walton County Sheriff’s office is gearing up to take on a one-of-a-kind initiative to crackdown on domestic violence.

Just as people wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, others wear purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But, Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson says his agency is going a step further.

“Domestic violence touches so many families in this county, and we’re trying to take a little different approach to it,” he said, during his most recent Q&A session on Facebook. “We got a new program we’re rolling out, where we target repeat domestic violence offenders. We try and get involved now, and we’re only the second agency in the country to try this.”

Adkinson says he decided to try to take a new approach because of motivated investigators who were on the ground and wanted to find a better way to make a difference in the community. And, while it’s a trial run for now, Adkinson adds he feels the new Domestic Violence Initiative will be a great success.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.