by Nick Delgado
Guam - Representatives from the Attorney General's Office and several non-profit organizations that service victims of family violence appeared before lawmakers to talk about the issue of family violence on Guam and what's being done to combat the problem. The AG's Office testified that it appears there's been a decrease in misdemeanor family violence cases but an increase in felony charges juts this year.
In the meantime, one of the major areas of concern for the AG's Office is funding for services they provide. "What's of concern to us is that ever since we began the Victims Advocate Unit in the Office of the Attorney General. It has been 100% federally-funded, in fact, those positions remain to be unclassified as we head in the future with regard to federal funding that is very uncertain."
On top of that, the AG's Office has been unable to implement the legally-mandated Domestic Violence Registry because of the lack of funding.