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Terra Haff and News Producer | November 17, 2010
Domestic Abuse numbers are on the rise in the Ozarks again for 2010.  The Family Violence Center is taking on a new name and new approach to stopping the cycle.  An open house on Thursday, Nov. 18th at 4pm at 519 E. Cherry will launch Harmony House.  Harmony House will be the newest tool in the efforts against Domestic Violence here in Greene County.  For more infomation www.familyviolencecenter.org .  
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by Sheena Elzie, KSPR News and selzie@kspr.com | October 1, 2012
The observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October brings up a growing problem at local shelters. More victims are coming in for help, but there's not enough space to help at shelters such as Harmony House. Harmony House is one of the largest shelters in the state for domestic violence victims, and even there room comes at a premium. Last year, Harmony House was forced to turn more than 700 domestic violence victims away -- the facility holds 110 families, and staff members say they're full all year.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News and lpozen@kspr.com | November 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Domestic violence is now front and center in Springfield. A recent study by the Springfield Police Department found the number of reports here are up.That increase is putting a strain on shelters. Harmony House has had to turn away over 800 people this year due to lack of space. They have just 80 beds. Harmony House uses every inch of space available. Danielle Conti with Harmony House said, "You are taking people that are coming from really traumatic difficult situations that need time to heal and process and feel safe and we have as many as eight women in room with bunk beds lined up. " Space is tight, but they make it work.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | May 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A judge signed an arrest warrant Thursday for a man police said violated terms of a protection order multiple times. Prosecutors charged Terry L. Keeney with five counts of violation of order of protection. According to court documents, Keeney sent hundreds of harassing text messages and stalked the person who asked for the order of protection. Typically, a judge signs off on an order of protection for a year, to prevent stalking, violent, or harassing acts.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | June 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There is a massive effort to help end crime in your neighborhood. Springfield police put eight violent people behind bars this week in a domestic violence roundup. Police targeted people with more than one domestic violence offense. The increased focus on repeat violent offenders is part of the Springfield Police Violence Initiative. In the fall of 2012, police recognized 70 percent of all aggravated assaults in Springfield were related to domestic violence. To help address this problem, police, prosecutors, and other key players collaborated with the Harmony House to form the Family Violence Task Force.
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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | January 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- How would you feel if your doctor asked if you were the victim of domestic violence?  That's the recommendation by a national preventive services task force. Domestic abuse affects one in the three women and one in four men, but the officials who help these people say getting them to come forward can be a challenge, and this new recommendation may help overcome that. "He used to hit me in the side of my head. " Ann is no stranger to pain. "I was pregnant with the baby and he put all of his weight on my stomach, put his hands around my throat," she said.
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by Mary Moloney, KSPR News and mmoloney@kspr.com | March 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One woman who lived nearly a lifetime of abuse says she was caught up in drugs and violence. "I was dealing drugs, hustling, and drugs was my number one love.  I've put methamphetamine before my family, my friends, anything," said Donna.  "I just thought that was how life is for me.  I was raised in it.  My parents, my siblings, my friends while I was growing up in school.  That's just what I knew. " As a hustler, she became afraid of her attackers.  At times, she also suffered in silence.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | July 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Social workers say many times abuse is about control, and some aggressors are using family pets to maintain that control. Counselors at abuse shelters say that leaves victims with the tough choice of saving their pets or saving themselves. The trend in domestic violence, they add, is pets getting caught in the middle. In some cases, pets are used as bait; the aggressor abuses and tortures them to get back at their spouse. That's what Shannon Norman says happened last spring: her husband took out his anger on both her and her beloved chihuahua, Chucho.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | July 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police believe alcohol and domestic violence motivated murder. Prosecutors charged 30-year-old Jonathan Greer for the death of his girlfriend, Angela Holbrook. Investigators said Greer shot and killed Holbrook Thursday after the couple fought. "She was a good mom and she was a good friend to people and she would do anything for you," said Jared Allen outside the house where Holbrook died. "This is truly unfortunate as to how far this went and definitely could be prevented in a different way. " Early Thursday morning, neighbors around the 3300 block of E. Sunset heard arguing.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | July 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police believe alcohol and domestic violence motivated murder. Prosecutors charged 30-year-old Jonathan Greer for the death of his girlfriend, Angela Holbrook. Investigators said Greer shot and killed Holbrook Thursday after the couple fought. "She was a good mom and she was a good friend to people and she would do anything for you," said Jared Allen outside the house where Holbrook died. "This is truly unfortunate as to how far this went and definitely could be prevented in a different way. " Early Thursday morning, neighbors around the 3300 block of E. Sunset heard arguing.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | July 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Social workers say many times abuse is about control, and some aggressors are using family pets to maintain that control. Counselors at abuse shelters say that leaves victims with the tough choice of saving their pets or saving themselves. The trend in domestic violence, they add, is pets getting caught in the middle. In some cases, pets are used as bait; the aggressor abuses and tortures them to get back at their spouse. That's what Shannon Norman says happened last spring: her husband took out his anger on both her and her beloved chihuahua, Chucho.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | June 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There is a massive effort to help end crime in your neighborhood. Springfield police put eight violent people behind bars this week in a domestic violence roundup. Police targeted people with more than one domestic violence offense. The increased focus on repeat violent offenders is part of the Springfield Police Violence Initiative. In the fall of 2012, police recognized 70 percent of all aggravated assaults in Springfield were related to domestic violence. To help address this problem, police, prosecutors, and other key players collaborated with the Harmony House to form the Family Violence Task Force.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | May 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A judge signed an arrest warrant Thursday for a man police said violated terms of a protection order multiple times. Prosecutors charged Terry L. Keeney with five counts of violation of order of protection. According to court documents, Keeney sent hundreds of harassing text messages and stalked the person who asked for the order of protection. Typically, a judge signs off on an order of protection for a year, to prevent stalking, violent, or harassing acts.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter and lpozen@kspr.com | April 25, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - One out of four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  It is a statistic Monique Smith never thought she would be a part of. "For a minute you always think of going back and then if you really study it, it is the same thing you hear. The same thing verbal abuse is just as bad," she says. When Smith woke up after taking medication to help her insomnia, her life forever changed. "We started arguing and he hit me across the head," says Smith.
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by Mary Moloney, KSPR News and mmoloney@kspr.com | March 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One woman who lived nearly a lifetime of abuse says she was caught up in drugs and violence. "I was dealing drugs, hustling, and drugs was my number one love.  I've put methamphetamine before my family, my friends, anything," said Donna.  "I just thought that was how life is for me.  I was raised in it.  My parents, my siblings, my friends while I was growing up in school.  That's just what I knew. " As a hustler, she became afraid of her attackers.  At times, she also suffered in silence.
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Mary Moloney and Chris Brewer and KSPR News | February 27, 2013
BRANSON, Mo. -- A Taney County judge issued an arrest warrant for Thomas Brown, 68, after his wife was found dead of a gunshot wound at the Ramada Resort and Conference Center on Sunday.  Branson police said Wednesday that Brown is wanted for first-degree murder and weapons charges. Police said Brown and his wife Marilyn, 63, recently moved to Branson from Palm Springs, Calif.  The couple was forced to live in motel rooms after being displaced from the home they had planned to live in, police said.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | January 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Domestic violence plagues the Ozarks. Many safe houses can't spare a bed because demand for service is so high. Nationally, domestic abuse affects one in three women and one in four men. Springfield police point to domestic assault as the main reason aggravated assaults in the city jumped 20 percent from 2011 to 2012. For more than a decade, Debrah endured brutal beatings and rape. The one who promised to love her forever, her husband, did the most harm. "I was sure that he was going to kill me. I wouldn't survive very much longer; he was going to kill me. I didn't know when," said Debrah.
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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | January 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- How would you feel if your doctor asked if you were the victim of domestic violence?  That's the recommendation by a national preventive services task force. Domestic abuse affects one in the three women and one in four men, but the officials who help these people say getting them to come forward can be a challenge, and this new recommendation may help overcome that. "He used to hit me in the side of my head. " Ann is no stranger to pain. "I was pregnant with the baby and he put all of his weight on my stomach, put his hands around my throat," she said.
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by Lauren Pozen, KSPR News and lpozen@kspr.com | December 19, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- A man from Mountain Grove accused of being a serial rapist in Ozark County is no longer charged with that crime.  A judge ruled there was not enough evidence to charge Daniel Kent Sanders with forcible rape and sodomy. The prosecutor says he is not allowed to say anything about the case.  However, Chief Deputy Darrin Reed says hair samples were not processed in time for the preliminary hearing last Friday. Police say the investigation of Sanders is ongoing.
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