Hitting Home: Domestic Violence Strikes Dallas

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DALLAS – The stories are hard to hear, and the images hit hard. Domestic violence is at the center of attention these days. Now, another blow to the NFL with the arrest of another player, Arizona Cardinal Jonathan Dwyer.

It’s a national issue that hits close to home too.

“I’m not surprised that there’s been an up-tick the number of DPD arrests in the Dallas area because we know one in four women will be abused in her lifetime,” says Murphey Sears, Director of Outreach at Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support.

Now, more than ever, domestic violence is getting the attention of men.

“Since football players are being put at the center of this conversation, men understand that some of their idols, quite frankly, maybe don’t have the intentions,” Sears said. “They need to stand up and say they have zero tolerance for violence against women.”

Here in Dallas, shelters like Genesis provide relief for victims. However, when it comes to space for housing these women, Big D is so big.

“I think it is hard in Dallas because on any given night there are only 150 beds for victims of domestic violence,” Sears said.

Genesis is among several North Texas groups in the fight to end domestic violence. But the most important thing is for victims to speak out – because your voice can save your life.

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