DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Coalition of Domestic Violence and House of Ruth held a listening session Thursday in an effort to improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence.

40 to 50 community members split into two different sessions and expressed how domestic violence is impacting the community, their jobs, and family.

Members in the community discussed good things happening, but also what they would like to see different how they can improve and how they discuss and address domestic violence.

Alabama Coalition DV Program manager Leah Heathcoat says its was great to see representatives of the court, law enforcement, and advocacy groups come together when they’re often at odds with one another.

“Everybody was really on the same page about the community coming together and the hopefulness of being able to be better and do better when it comes to domestic violence,” Heathcoat said. “I think we captured overall that the violence that happens in the community is connected with DV.”

Heathcoat said they take your thoughts and concerns from these listening sessions to legislators in Montgomery.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are services you can call on 24/7 like the House of Ruth.