domestic violence

In the wake of the massacre at a small-town Texas church on Sunday, many people are asking why.

A large portion of the mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years have roots in domestic violence against partners and family members. Depending on how you count, it could be upwards of 50 percent.

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In 2016, the San Antonio Police Department responded to 34,000 calls for domestic violence and so far this year, 31,000 calls have already been made for the same issue. 

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Kerrville City Councilman Gary Stork and his wife Peggy were found inside their home on Saturday, dead from gunshot wounds to the head. Murder-suicide is suspected.

Citing the completion of a pretrial intervention program, a New Jersey judge has dismissed a felony assault charge that was filed against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice over a now-infamous incident in which Rice struck his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

Rice hit Palmer during an argument while they were visiting Atlantic City, N.J., in February of 2014. A month later, he was indicted on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault. He then entered into a one-year pretrial program that would allow him to avoid a trial.

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State education leaders and coaches have launched a pilot program to combat teen dating violence. The program is called ‘Protect Her.’

Its goal is to change the perception student athletes may have about what is appropriate dating behavior and when activities have crossed the line.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said on Friday that dating violence among teens is more common than people realized.

“What many people may not realize is about half of all reported sexual assaults are youngsters who are about 12 to 24, and about half of those are youngsters from about 12 to 17,” Williams pointed out.

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