Family Violence Council holds meeting

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - As we continue to follow the Norman Smart case, the man charged with the murder of his wife Lauren Brown Smart, attention turns to helping those struggling in an domestic violence situation.

According to the Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Georgia ranks 12th in the nation for the rate at which men kill women in single-victim domestic violence related murders.

Chatham County holds regular meetings for its Family Violence Council. It's a group made up of several agencies who help victims of domestic violence. The group's mission is to spread awareness about domestic violence and how people can get help.

"I think everyone is aware of domestic violence. They just don't know where to go, who to see. What would they do next," said Cheryl Rogers, the director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in Chatham County. "One of the things we do is try to get that word out, that information. Who would you turn to. Who would you call. So our different organizations get together and we try and get that information out to everyone."

Wednesday Smart pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His next court date will be September 22.

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