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Domestic violence event draws 160

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Woman speaks for slain sister at lunch

An annual domestic violence awareness event reached full capacity as nearly 160 people showed up to hear the sister of a woman who suffered and eventually died at the hands of an abuser.

It was the first time Sue Doman was asked to speak about her sister, the late Kathleen Savio, since Drew Peterson, Savio’s ex-husband, was convicted for her murder last month.

Peterson, a retired Illinois police sergeant, allegedly murdered Savio on March 1, 2004, but the case was not investigated as homicide until Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in late 2007. Stacy has not been found, and Drew has not been charged in her case.

The Victim Services Center hosted the 11th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Soup Bowl Event at United Methodist Church. The center is a work of Community Action Partnership of Madera County. A variety of donated soups were served in ceramic bowls made by children at the John W. Wells Youth Center. The midday event also included raffles and prizes...


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