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Jun 25, 2013 4:51 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Women's Shelter Key to Fighting Violent Crime

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police are concerned about an alarming trend in violent crimes, and they're looking for ways to deal with it.

Crime statistics indicate that 74 percent of the time, aggravated assault victims know their attackers, and 83 percent of those murdered knew their killer.

Police say domestic violence is the root of the problem, and they're calling on local organizations to help find ways to stop it.

Officers responding to a domestic disturbance might start putting victims in contact with organizations like the Women's Shelter.

Susan Holley-Lowe is the Chief Operating Officer for the Women's Shelter of South Texas.

"The important thing is that the victim know more about us. This victim knows, hey, next time this happens, I have somebody that I can go to, that I can trust," she says.

Lowe says they'll need more resources to make a plan like this happen, but it hopeful that it can work.

Police say they'll be meeting with other organizations in the coming months, looking for more ways to help people deal with domestic problems, before they get out of hand.

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