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Domestic violence not uncommon in Goodhue County

Rebecca Robinson was in the process of leaving her husband Thomas Robinson when he shot at her.

According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Rebecca's situation is not uncommon.

The MCBW released a report Wednesday stating that 15 women in Minnesota were killed last year by their partners. Of those women, ten were attempting to separate or had already separated when they were killed. Guns, like in Rebecca's case, were the most common weapon; ten women were killed using firearms.

Lastly, the report says, nearly half of the women had been previously abused by the murderer. Though it's not known if Rebecca was involved, Thomas was convicted of domestic assault and disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred last July.

Rebecca survived last Monday's attack and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

And though her story is making headlines, she's not the only Goodhue County woman to suffer from domestic violence.

The Goodhue County Sheriff's Department reports that 60 people called to report domestic violence last year. Red Wing Police received 137 domestic violence calls. What's more, 61 people were issued orders for protection in Goodhue County.

But, according to Emily Nelson, development coordinator for Hope Coalition and Haven of Hope Women's Shelter, the numbers are even higher. The center's 24-hour crisis line received more than 500 calls last year.

In addition, over 200 women used the coalition's legal services and outreach programs, which includes counseling and support programs.

"We want to get them connected in the community, to act as their second family," Nelson said.

The coalition also helped 40 women file legal documents to protect them from abusive partners.

While the coalition has been helping battered women for the past 20 years, Nelson says the past two years have seen increases in the number of people using its services, something she attributes to the poor economy.

"We've had a decrease in funding with an increase in demand," she said.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.