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At Least 28 Domestic Violence Victims In 2010

Minnesota NewsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new report says at least 28 people died in Minnesota last year as the result of domestic violence.

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women says 67 percent of the homicides happened after victims had left, or were attempting to leave their abuser. The victims include 15 women, two men, seven children and four family members or friends who tried to intervene in domestic violence situations.

Anna Grunewold is a survivor of domestic violence. Her daughter, Ashley Sullivan, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend. Her stepfather, Chester Gronewold, was beaten to death when he tried to help her. Anna Grunewold huddled upstairs with her youngest grandchild as Shawn Haugen attacked her daughter and husband at their home in Lewiston. Gronewold says she, her family and community will never be the same.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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