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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The issue of Domestic Violence gained citywide attention after a July 2014 shooting at Deaconess Hospital and found prominence in the national media after the Ray Rice elevator scandal, but six months later an early morning morning murder reminds the public that Spokane still hasn't solved the issue.

Spokane police say the homicide that landed 36-year-old Michael Baesman in jail on a count of 2nd Degree Murder was a case of Domestic Violence.

"It's a real issue, and one we need to discuss, a conversation we need to have," YWCA Associate Director of Legal Services Chauntelle Lieske said.

Lieske spent years as a Domestic Violence advocate for local women. She says the reality in this city is troubling.

"The sense of loneliness and loss, that they don't know what else to do," Lieske said.

Lieske says the YWCA provided services for 10,515 local women last year, an increase of almost 1,000 women from 2013.

"It's hopeful people are accessessing services," she said. "It's not necessarily that domeestic violence are going up. It's that people are learning about our services and feeling safe enough to reach out for help."

Still incidents like the one today are a stark reminder that there's still so much work to be done.

"I come to work knowing there's something I can do to help," Lieske said. "That's what keeps me coming back."

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