Special Reports

SPECIAL REPORT Domestic violence is a familiar and persistent crime in Malheur County

Jacqueline Cuevas, a victim’s advocate for the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office, said there isn't an easy answer to domestic violence. Cuevas said the district attorney's office handles four to six domestic violence cases a week. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – At night when their dad began to beat their mom, the children pretended to be asleep.

Behind closed eyelids and beyond the bedroom doors, they listened to the sound of two voices escalate and knew by the tone when the violence began.

“They pretended to be asleep so the situation wouldn’t escalate any more. They knew what to do when something happened at home. To me, that hits a soft spot when children are involved because they watch and learn,” said Jacqueline Cuevas, a victim’s advocate for the Malheur County . . .