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Published: Tuesday, 4/28/2009

Death toll in domestic violence off in Lucas County

The number of murders caused by domestic violence dropped in 2007 but was the leading cause of homicide locally, according to a review by the Lucas County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team at the University of Toledo's College of Law.

Law Prof. Gabrielle Davis said nine homicides occurred in 2007 as a result of domestic violence, out of a total of 17 killings. Twelve occurred in 2006, nine in 2005, and eight in 2004.

"Domestic violence was the leading cause of murder in Lucas County in 2007 - more than any other identifiable cause," she said.

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