Larger percentage of domestic violence cases this Christmas, says State Attorney

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Christmas is supposed to be a day for families to come together, but Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg says there was a large percentage of domestic violence cases on Christmas and Christmas Eve.

A number of domestic violence suspects went before a judge Christmas morning in the first appearance courtroom.

"It just seemed today on the Christmas Holiday there was a larger percentage of domestic violence related cases. Usually they are fueled by alcohol. It is sad because this is a time when people should come together in the spirit of forgiveness," Aronberg said.

Some of the victims came to court Christmas morning asking for their husbands and boyfriends to be let out of jail.

"I don't know why, but he just got mad and punched me...I don't want to see him in jail...even after he hurt me," Maria Ewell said.

Aronberg says in some cases the victims of the domestic violence stop cooperating with authorities. But he says they still usually move ahead with prosecution because often times there is other evidence they can use.

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