CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Mecklenburg County District Attorney announced a crackdown on violent and domestic crimes Tuesday.

Spencer Merriweather was the guest speaker at the weekly Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum at the Belmont Community Center.

Merriweather was sworn in as the first black District Attorney in Mecklenburg County, he says he wants to gain the public’s trust by introducing new initiatives.

The first initiative includes cracking down on violent crimes.

“The violent crimes team will handle robberies, felony assaults and shooting cases,” said Merriweather.

The second initiative hits closer to home for Merriweather.

Merriweather, who calls himself an advocate for women who are physically abused, is creating a team that will specifically focus on domestic cases.

“When you talk about family violence and you talk about personal assault,” Merriweather said. "These are things that strike to the core of the way people interact with one another. These are crimes that are extremely personal.”

The D.A. also announced his office is in the beginning stages of creating ways to help nonviolent offenders clear their record.

“If people have been law-abiding and done right by our society we want to make sure there’s no burden’s holding us back,” Merriweather said.

The new initiatives should be up and running in the next six months.