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Published February 14, 2012, 06:37 PM

Fargo Police stepping up efforts to stop domestic violence

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Domestic violence is on the rise in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Now Fargo police are trying to do something about it. Today a national domestic violence prevention trainer is sharing lessons learned.

Domestic violence is on the rise in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Now Fargo police are trying to do something about it. Today a national domestic violence prevention trainer is sharing lessons learned.

The message that's being conveyed in this two day event is that domestic violence is everyone's business. And it's bringing together law enforcement, judges and other professionals."

Mark Wynn retired from his position as a lieutenant with the Nashville Police Department. But his fight against domestic violence isn't over.

Mark Wynn – Retired Lieutenant with Nashville Police Department: "In the next 18 months, we'll lose as many people killed in domestic violence as we lost in 9/11."

Wynn led a discussion today on hostage taking, domestic homicide and the importance of listening to victims.

Mark Wynn: "There is a lot of pressure, a lot of fear on the victim’s part. There's still a society that's not educated to believe that you can rape your wife and yes you can."

Statistics show that every nine seconds a woman in the U.S. is assaulted or beaten. In the past five years, there's been a slight increase in aggravated assault cases in Fargo from about 160 incidents in 2010 to 170 in 2011.

Chief Keith Ternes – Fargo Police: "I think we're doing a good job of getting past the stereotype of this is a family issue that this is a family issue, private matter. In many ways, it's a crime issue that really is everybody's business."

For awareness to increase, Wynn says the community needs to come together.

Mark Wynn: "To sit down and come up with the ability to give that victim the path to get out it's not why she stays, it's what are we going to do for her when she decides to leave."

Whether it’s through social services or simply providing a shoulder to cry on, it’s showing domestic violence victims they're not alone.

Statistics show that every nine seconds a woman in the U.S. Is assaulted or beaten. Thirteen police officers in the United States were killed while responding to domestic violence calls last year.

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