Domestic violence a leading cause of homicides in Kansas City - KCTV5

Domestic violence a leading cause of homicides in Kansas City

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Officials tell KCTV5 that domestic violence has been the cause of 33 percent of the homicides in Kansas City. (KCTV5) Officials tell KCTV5 that domestic violence has been the cause of 33 percent of the homicides in Kansas City. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City's homicide rate has jumped up from 2015. 

One reason why is domestic violence. 

Officials tell KCTV5 that domestic violence has been the cause of 33 percent of the homicides in Kansas City. 

A local non-profit group is working to change that. 

The Ad-Hoc Group Against Crime has started workshops at churches across the city, helping people learn to cope with anger and communicate better.

The group is hosting meet-ups that go through what a healthy relationship looks like compared to an unhealthy relationship.

Organizers say so far, the feedback has been positive.

"I think over the years it's something that has been passively looked at," said Donald Lang, Ad-Hoc Director of Family Support Services. "But it's something that needs to be emphasized because our community is angry right now."

Greater Metropolitan Church of Christ pastor Branden Mims said domestic violence has become "too normal" for younger people in the metro. 

"I think for younger people, they don't frame it the way they should," he said. "They think it's normal to get into an argument and become physically violent. They don't see it that way."

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