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Fighting Against Domestic Violence - Erika Kurre

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Nashville TN -  Tennessee continues to rank in the top 10 states with the highest rates of women killed by men.
And as Nashville continues to step up it's battle against domestic violence, dozens crowded the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge this morning, keeping the fight in focus.

Mary Jones braved the cold and rain to share her story of survival.

She takes to the podium in this ceremony, remembering victims of domestic violence and honoring those dedicated to preventing it.

Jones and her two young children escaped her abusive husband in Dallas, Texas after he attacked her.

They snuck out of the house while he was asleep.

Jones says every 21-minutes, a domestic violence crime is reported in Nashville.

The Metro Police Domestic Violence division is working with patrol officers, providing inservices and programs to give new resources in the field.

Detective Nate Ellsworth is one of several receiving awards at this ceremony as they help decrease the numbers of those affected.

A recent report by the TBI shows domestic violence has decreased in the state for the past three years.
But agents say the problem is far from gone.