Helping Prosecute Domestic Violence

AMARILLO, TEXAS - New protocol starting today in Potter and Randall counties is supposed to be friendlier to domestic violence victims and make prosecution efforts more successful.

It's been about 20 years since the original policy was created, and now most believe this updated version will make a real difference.

Laura Cook says for 10 years her ex-husband beat and abused her. Laura always wanted to press charges, but she was too scared.

"It's hard to get up in front of the abuser and say I'm taking a stand you can't do this to me or anyone else," she said.

The biggest changed signed off here today is supposed to help people like Laura. 11 area agencies agreed to work together in making prosecution more evidence-based in case a victim doesn't want to testify.

For us all to be on the same page, and to have people here all focused on the same goal is really important. Police say the biggest update is the use of technology to collect evidence. Like officers wearing recording devices for conversations with witnesses, to taking pictures and video of the crime scene and the victim's bruises.

A task force spent over a year coming up with the new policies. And they vow it won't be another 20 years before the protocol is changed again.