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Domestic violence victim family spearheads movement to "end the silence"

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A family affected by domestic violence is working to end the silence.

Tina Stewart was a mother of a two who police say was brutally beaten to death by her boyfriend, Nicholas Holden, the night before last Thanksgiving.

Holden has since changed his plea to guilty to second-degree murder.

Stewart’s family has worked tirelessly toward a solution to prevent this from happening to another family. Stewart’s uncle, Don Estes, says he hopes to see a registry of domestic violence offenders, similar to the one of sex offenders. He’s been spearheading this movement, calling lawmakers on every level to drum up support.

“Tonight will be the six month anniversary of Tina's death. It's a hard time for us,” he says. “My ultimate goal is to make sure Tina's life is not in vain.”

It can be tough sometimes for Estes to make those calls.

“It's emotional,” Estes says. “But if we continue this battle and continue this fight, think of the lives we can save.”

That's why he continues to make phone calls to Congress, sharing that story over and over, saying enough’s enough. That’s why, for him, all this work, “This is worth it. It’s well worth it speaking up. It’s time to break this silence,” Estes says.

Estes says he’s heard back from at least a dozen representatives about this, including Congressman Newhouse.

Newhouse’s office sent KHQ this statement:

“Congressman Newhouse has met with Mr. Estes and is supportive of ensuring justice on behalf of victims of domestic violence like Mr. Estes’ niece, Tina. The congressman’s staff is currently researching legislative options, working with other congressional offices, and reaching out to domestic violence victim advocacy groups to come to a solution together for this shared goal.”

Estes says if you’d like to show your support, call your local lawmakers. 

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