In the wake of controversy about a 185-page domestic violence report that went unreleased until it was reported The Tennessean last month, District Attorney candidate Glenn Funk has released a "Domestic Violence Action Plan for the District Attorney's Office."
Funk, a veteran defense attorney, is running against Rob McGuire, an assistant DA for 13 years, and Diane Lance, a former assistant DA and special assistant to Mayor Karl Dean. We spoke to all three of them about domestic violence, among other issues, last month.
Funk's domestic violence plan, which can be seen in PDF form after the jump, has three sections: openness and transparency, victim support, and partnerships with investigators.
Funk applauds The Tennessean for its coverage of the full domestic violence report and says "where we have failed, those failures must be exposed and openly discussed."
He proposes having a domestic violence advocate from the DA's office meet with victims within 24 hours of an incident — a plan he says is impossible at current staffing levels, but one he says his office would "devote the necessary investment to achieve" — and says "all members of the DA's office" would receive training on domestic violence issues. Funk also says he'd increase the office's domestic violence team from four prosecutors to six. (McGuire has proposed taking one prosecutor from each criminal court and giving them domestic violence training so that they could contribute to the domestic violence team as well.)
As for partnering with investigators, Funk's plan proposes police and DA staff participate in "training that deals with issues unique to domestic violence such as communication, safety concerns, counseling and proper investigative techniques."
Read Funk's full action plan here: Glenn_Funk_s_Domestic_Violence_Action_Plan.pdf
All three candidates will be participating in a candidates forum tonight at 7 p.m. at The Temple at 5015 Harding Road. The forum, which will be moderated by General Sessions Court Judge Dan Eisenstein, is open to the public.