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Men asked to be leaders in fight against domestic violence

Published: Sep. 30, 2016 at 7:24 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 30, 2016 at 9:16 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, spurring a call to action for the community to bring an end to domestic violence.

The call is especially being aimed at men.

Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse is calling for men to take a leadership role in this issue. That means telling other men, young men, family and friends that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

Emerge CEO Ed Mercurio-Sakwa said, "We need men to take a leadership role and change the norms for other men."

Tucson police say they go on up to 10,000 domestic violence calls each year.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department reported that it handled 3,200 domestic violence cases in 2015 and 2,200 cases so far this year.

To show support for victims of domestic violence, city hall will be purple for the whole month of October. Plus, city vehicles will have purple bumper stickers.

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