Officials with the power to transform how Dallas handles domestic violence came together yesterday for an annual Crimes Against Women Conference, reaffirming their commitment to stopping a crime that has become a signature issue for the city, reports the Dallas Morning News. Police Chief David Brown, District Attorney Craig Watkins and City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates were among those attending. The conference was a rare opportunity for high-ranking officials to meet publicly and take a stand before a national audience.
They sat side-by-side, wearing purple ribbons in support of domestic violence awareness, in front of a record crowd of about 1,500. The conference was bolstered by the Dallas area's recent emphasis on fighting domestic abuse. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings took on the issue last year and has since made it a citywide priority. Gates said Dallas has seen an overall increase in reported abuse, which she attributed to increased awareness. Murders so far this year, however, are down.