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Domestic violence-related murders on the rise in Louisville

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A vigil was held Sunday night for Porcia Mills, who was stabbed to death in her apartment Friday. A vigil was held Sunday night for Porcia Mills, who was stabbed to death in her apartment Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Domestic violence-related homicides are on the rise in Louisville as police arrested a Louisville man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend over the weekend. 

This is just the latest case of what appears to be a much bigger issue.

Police found 24-year-old Porcia Mills stabbed to death in her apartment on Friday. They also found her two-year-old son inside, unharmed.

"I'm gonna fight to the end for justice for this baby and for his mom," said Denise Hathorn, the child's grandma.

Police arrested Porcia's ex-boyfriend for her murder. Her family says she broke up with Deshon Dorsey and he was in the process of moving out.

"Her laugh, her smile she's just a big bright person that would just light up the room," Hathorn said.

Mills hid the darkness she was dealing with at home. Her son's grandma is familiar with that feeling.

"I had a guy who use to beat on me and push me down steps, had me confined in the house and lot of stuff. I'm glad I can even speak on this because I kept it to myself," said Hathorn.

A similar story women share around the world. But in Louisville, the number of domestic violence related homicides has nearly tripled. 

In 2013 there were four, in 2014 there have been 11.

"There's a lot that plays into it, the economy is one. when people don't have jobs it puts a stress on the family you'll see more domestic violence," said Jeanine Triplett, Vice President of Communications at The Center for Women and Families.

At The Center for Women and Families, phones are ringing off the hook and shelters are often full, but we need to continue the conversation.

"Let somebody know that something is going on here or this is not right because of course you see the results of it," said Hathorn.

Porcia's family says they don't have all the answers, but will use this tragedy to send a strong message.

"There is a message in this and I will fight for domestic violence till the death of me," Hathorn said.

Dorsey is charged with murder, domestic violence and wanton endangerment. He is in jail on a $75,000 full cash bond.

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