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Louisville men being asked to help end domestic violence

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The Center for Women and Families held a breakfast on Nov. 11, 2015 to encourage men to help put an end to domestic violence. The Center for Women and Families held a breakfast on Nov. 11, 2015 to encourage men to help put an end to domestic violence.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A disturbing statistic: Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.

That's why men, specifically, are being recruited to change that.

It has always been the mission of The Center for Women and Families and now the organization is asking local men to "do more" and "own it" when it comes to ending domestic violence.

From high profile NFL players to Kentuckiana couples, domestic violence is being called an epidemic.

"We as men need to step up and we need to help our, our colleagues and our friends, the people that we love...stop this," said Mark Miller, who is part of the new movement.

Men like Miller have been recruited to join the "do more" and "own it" initiative by the Center for Women and Families.

"One of the things that we have realized about engaging men is that the struggle is that they don't see models who are accessible," said Rus Funk, with The Center for Women and Families.

To help change that, the center for women and families has recruited some high profile local models like Chief Steve Conrad and former University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong.

"Men in this community are like well, you know, I see these guys, they're not some big name somebody, they're like men I can relate with and know in some cases," Funk said.

Conrad and Strong both appear in a video promoting the "Own it" campaign and Wednesday's inaugural "Do More" breakfast was full of men.

"I have a 9-year-old daughter," said Miller.

Men like Miller who hopes to help eliminate the need for the center for women and families.

"The CEO talked about ending, basically closing the center at some point when, when, when the violence stops and that, at the end of the day is the goal," he explained.

Miller hopes that happens before his daughter and her peers are old enough to date.

"My greatest fear is that she is going to get into a relationship where that man doesn't own it and that man makes mistakes," said Miller.

To find out how you can get involved and help out, just contact The Center for Women and Families.

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