New Report: Domestic Violence Victims Aren’t Getting Help They Need

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DALLAS -- It's October and while we're used to seeing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's the color purple that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to talk about.

"We need to be a city that respects our women the way it should be done," said Rawlings.

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And in Dallas, a new domestic violence taskforce report is out and the numbers will leave you black and blue.

Researchers from UT Dallas conducted a study on domestic violence in the Big D to help address the issue. They found that there's a big need for more shelter space for victims, about 7,500 victims were turned away from June 2014 to May 2015.

But that's something Paige Flink with The Family Place hopes to solve.

"We're going to open a shelter for battered men and their children, which is the first in the state of Texas," Flink explained. "We're opening more shelter beds, we're building an emergency shelter, as well as a much larger  counseling center for children and adults."

The report also shows that the boys in blue are responding to more domestic violence calls. A total of 11,000 in the last year -- 16 of them resulting in family violence murders and 10 in intimate partner homicide.

"We still have people dying. It’s, of course, distressing when you see how many murders there are in these intimate relationships," said Flink.

But more calls means victims are looking for help and that's what this report is hoping to establish.

"I think what's changed is people are talking about it, it's not a dirty secret anymore," said Mayor Rawlings.

Let's hope these numbers are enough to paint the town purple every month.

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