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AL residents remember domestic violence victims

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  32 names were called one by one.

"We should never forget the victims that lost their lives due to domestic violence," says one participant.

Lights shine in memory of all 32 people who died in Alabama this year because of domestic violence.

"As we go through this economic crisis it increases everyday. As our drug rate goes up it's more problems on the domestic violence end. As people lose their jobs and result to drinking, the rates increase," says Lt. Heath Taylor.

There's been nearly 30,000 violent assaults in the state of Alabama, since January.

"In a seven day span, we get about three to four domestic calls a day," adds Taylor.

District Attorney Kenneth Davis says that's a lot of cases, in a city with a population of 65,000 people.

"Out of 32 years of being a prosecutor, I've seen many instances where women were victimized and they signed a complaint and then went back and dismissed the complaint. I can think about of a half a dozen cases where these women became victims of murder," says Davis.

That's why safe havens like the Crisis Center of Russell County are important.

"It takes a woman 5 to 6 times leaving before she breaks free," says Davis.

You can contact the Russell County Crisis Center at 334-297-4401.
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