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Domestic violence troubling trend for task force

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Metro's Domestic Violence Task Force is tracking a troubling trend this holiday season.

The task force has seen an uptick in domestic violence cases just since Thanksgiving.

Famous Pitts was considered one of the 10 most dangerous domestic batters not in prison. He was taken off the list on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by strangulation and domestic violence.

He will serve 100 days in jail because Assistant District Attorney Allegra Walker wouldn't quit.

"He had 13 to 15 domestic assaults prior to being able to prosecute him earlier this year back in January," said Walker. "The reason we could not was because the victim refused to come to court. It took a lot of effort on our behalf to get her to cooperate for that conviction."

Walker is one of the new 11-member Domestic Violence Task Force trying to deal with some crazy stats. Half of the 911 calls in Davidson County are domestic violence calls.

Christmas may be a great season for most, but police said they will go on an average of 62 domestic violence calls a day this month.

Because it's the holidays, people get second chances. There's drinking, money problems and beatings.

"It cuts across all boundaries with no regard to race, no regard to income, no regard to education, no regard to where you live in Davidson County. It cuts across all of that," said Walker.

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