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Liberty House raises awareness on domestic violence

Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in deaths from domestic violence.

Wednesday in Albany the Liberty House presented a program aimed at reducing the numbers.

Experts and victims talked about domestic violence then released butterflies to symbolize those who have been victims of domestic violence.

Liberty House has sheltered those victims for more than three decades.  But it's much more than just a safe place to spend a few days.

"Most of our work is in outreach.  We help people get protective orders.  We help them to escape from their homes if that's necessary.  We find ways to keep them safe, to find ways to keep them in their homes once perpetrators are arrested," said Executive Director Silke Deeley. 

Deeley says that there have been 67 deaths so far this year in Georgia due to domestic violence compared to 45 during all of 2006.

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