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Domestic violence crime rates continue troubling, costly trend

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Domestic violence leads to an astonishing half of all police calls in Nashville. Not only do the calls take police officers off the streets into dangerous situations, but the crime is also now resulting in nearly 15 percent of all criminal trials.

Tennessee is the sixth highest ranked state in America for a woman to be murdered by a man, and that has become the biggest issue in Middle Tennessee politics in 2014.

Famous Pitts is famous for being arrested in Davidson County for domestic violence 17 times and never going to jail, but that streak ended last year when former Assistant District Attorney Allegra Walker got him sentenced to six months.

And, sure enough, when Pitts got out, he allegedly hit his pregnant girlfriend again - so hard, this time, she fell into a coffee table.

The experts say domestic violence is all about power and control and not really about serious disagreements in the home.

Prosecutor Tali Rosenblum says she watches witness after witness take back everything they previously said. It's just another day in the life of domestic violence court.

But with courageous, damning and effective testimony, the survivors of domestic violence have the ability to face their accused batterers and make a change in a troubling, costly crime.

And it all starts up again this week with another 100 cases on the docket in Davidson County court.

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