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Dallas Mayor wages public campaign against domestic violence

Published On: Mar 23 2013 01:46:34 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2013 05:49:16 PM CDT

DALLAS, Texas -

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas officials told a rally that drew thousands of people that police respond to more than 13,000 domestic violence calls each year.
In an effort to reduce that number, the rally dubbed Dallas Men Against Abuse was held downtown Saturday and drew such luminaries as NFL Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach.
Mayor Mike Rawlings has waged a public campaign against domestic violence after a series of high-profile crimes in which female victims were killed or attacked, allegedly by men.
Rawlings says close family members of his have been victims of domestic violence.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women.
Smith told the crowd that abusing a woman "is truly not a manly thing to do."