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Grayson County seeks grant for domestic violence investigator

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Grayson County Commissioners have approved an application to keep its domestic violence investigator program active.

The Violence Against Women Act grant asks that Grayson County contribute $42,000 for fiscal year 2020 to help pay the county's current investigator.

District Attorney Brett Smith said having a staff member who focuses on this issue is essential.

"We approximate that within the past 12 months, we've handled 430 domestic violence cases that we have filed," he said. "Those aren't the ones that we looked at and didn't process... those are the ones we've filed. So the number of cases referred to our office would be quite a bit larger."

Smith said his office's ability to prosecute domestic violence cases would be negatively impacted without the grant funds.

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