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Domestic violence deaths rise

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting the number of people killed by domestic violence is growing along with the number of cases.

The health department's recent report shows an average of about 15 deaths per year between 2005 and 2009 that are attributed to domestic violence. That compares to about 12 per year between 1995 and 2004.

The most common factor in the murders was the victim was trying to end the relationship. Drug and alcohol abuse is another common factor.

Health Department officials say in almost half the cases, the threat of murder or suicide had occurred and that those threats need to be taken seriously.

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