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Sonoma County District Attorney's Office gets $215,000 grant to fight domestic violence

The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office has received a $215,000 grant to fight domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

The California Emergency Management Agency grant will pay for two new employee positions including a special prosecutor to work alongside existing staff at the Family Justice Center.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a written statement the new employees will "handle the worst of the worst of these terrible crimes."

She said violence against women, family violence and intimate-partner violence remain prevalent in Sonoma County.

The grant is the latest of several obtained by the office that help maintain staffing levels during the economic downturn, Ravitch said.

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