FREEHOLD — The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is placing a stronger focus on domestic violence and cold case investigations. It has established a reorganized Family and Domestic Violence Unit and a new Cold Case and Fatal Accident Unit, effective January 8.

Its Family Division will now be known as the Family and Domestic Violence Unit, increasing attention given to indictable domestic cases, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“The development of this specialized unit within the prosecutor’s office, as well as the recent opening of the Monmouth County Family Justice Center in October 2017, will aid successful prosecutions of domestic violence cases and help protect those trapped in the cycle of domestic abuse,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni in a release.

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Under the supervision of director Barbara Suppa, an assistant prosecutor from each of three trial teams will be designated a domestic violence assistant prosecutor — each receiving additional training to further their expertise in domestic violence prosecutions.

Although these assistant prosecutors will continue to handle non-domestic violence cases, they will take on the bulk of the indictable domestic violence matters on their trial teams, handling those cases “vertically” from grand jury through trial, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The Family and Domestic Violence Unit will be supplemented by a dedicated prosecutor’s detective, as well as a bilingual sheriff’s officer provided as a task force resource by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

The new Cold Case and Fatal Accident Unit will provide fresh perspectives and implement new forensic techniques in cold cases involving unsolved homicides, the prosecutor’s office said.

“By affirmatively dedicating resources to this mission, it is hoped that those who have evaded apprehension will be held accountable for their crimes, and some closure will be provided to families who have been waiting a long time for justice,” Gramiccioni said.

The unit will be headed by director Meghan Doyle, and supplemented by a prosecutor’s detective and additional staffing.

For more information on these new divisions, contact the prosecutor's office at 732 431 7160 or prosecutor@mcponj.org.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can contact the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH,” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

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