More than 100 area law enforcement, health care workers, family violence specialists, nurse examiners, sexual assault examiners, chaplains and social workers gathered March 21 at the Harker Heights Activities Center for a daylong conference sponsored by the Texas Council on Family Violence.
About 235 training sessions are held in Texas every year, but this was the first time Harker Heights hosted the event.
The Heights and Killeen area was selected because of its outstanding collaboration between local law enforcement and family violence programs, according to the council.
Harker Heights resident and family violence services coordinator Hilary Andersen coordinated the conference.
She said the training has had phenomenal results in cities where it’s been held.
Deputy Teresa Moneyhun, a 21-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, spoke about investigative techniques for police and sheriff’s offices and the high risk and lethal nature of domestic violence.
“Officers have been known to be killed as a result of responding to domestic calls,” Moneyhun said.
In the afternoon session, she talked about domestic violence and stalking.
The conference concluded with a presentation by Dana Nelson, a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office who specializes in sexual assault and domestic violence cases.