WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have
started a program in 32 West Virginia counties aimed
at reducing gun violence in homes.
Thomas E. Johnston, the U.S. attorney for the
northern district of West Virginia, announced the
start of Project Safe Homes at news conferences
Tuesday in Wheeling, Morgantown and Martinsburg.
The program is an initiative of the Bush
Task forces in the northern district will focus on
firearms and other crimes related to domestic
violence. The task forces are comprised of federal,
state and local law enforcement agencies, county
prosecutors and state agencies.
"Aside from the tragedy of injury and death,
domestic violence also causes victims and children to
live their lives in fear," Johnston said. "It destroys
families and it puts our law enforcement officers at
risk every time they respond to such a call.
"Domestic violence is a blight on the culture of