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Domestic Violence Deaths Increased In Texas Last Year

Ten women in Dallas County and 10 women in Tarrant County were killed in domestic disputes last year, according to a report from the Texas Council on Family Violence.

Eleven percent more women were killed by their partners in Texas last year than in 2013. Across the state, 132 victims died at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends, partners and exes last year.

The Texas Council on Family Violence published that news in its annual report that describes the murders of each victim of domestic violence. It used data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, law enforcement agencies across the state, and media reports to reach that sad conclusion.

The women ranged in age from 16 to 90 years old and were from counties across the state. Twenty-three died in Harris County, the most in the state.

Statewide, more than 40 percent of the women were killed after they ended a relationship. Two-thirds of the killers used a firearm.

Domestic violence experts say women should seek help if they feel threatened or at risk, and not wait until violence escalates. 

Learn more about those who died.

Photo: Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.