Seeking the truth and protecting the vulnerable in Anchorage’s domestic violence court from Alaska Dispatch News, 09/19/2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Suzanne Cole started her early summer day behind a stack of purple folders, in a small Anchorage office surrounded by shelves of folders. To get to the office, she had to walk through a room with more shelves filled with thousands and thousands of purple folders — most representing an Alaskan’s accusation of domestic violence against another, and the rest for stalking.

All are requests for protection.

Cole has 19 years of experience at this high-emotion, high-drama job and is currently Anchorage’s most experienced magistrate judge handling protective orders in a city where about four out of every 10 women have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

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