Domestic violence cases spur cry for change

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on January 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 4:06 AM

DALLAS — A recent outbreak of domestic related violence killings are prompting an outcry for change.

The latest came Sunday morning, when a Grand Prairie woman was found murdered inside her apartment.

Police said her ex-boyfriend, and the father of their 13-month-old child, is being looked at in the case. He is now behind bars on an unrelated drug charge.

"He is a person of interest as it is related to the homicide," said Detective Lyle Gensler.

There were three other domestic violence killings in North Texas last week, including one where two children were inside the home at the time of the killing.

Anti-domestic violence advocates like J.J. Smith say Dallas is struggling with the issue. Last year, there were more than a dozen domestic related killings within city limits.

"We still see a host of women injured or killed," said Smith, who told WFAA his own family has suffered with the problem.

Mayor Mike Rawlings plans to address the issue at a Monday afternoon news conference. A plan will be announced aimed at curbing the violence directed toward women and children.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com

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