TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Benton Franklin Services of Domestic Violence said five women were murdered in the Tri-Cities in domestic violence related situations in 2006.
The Washington State Attorney General sent a representative to the Tri-Cities to meet with the Tri-City Domestic Violence Task Force.
Domestic Violence Liaison Lawrence McKnight was hired by the State Attorney General Rob McKenna to work with domestic violence organizations around the state.
McKnight wants to create a statewide program where groups from around Washington would met and discuss ideas and problems in their communities and learn from each other.
Members of the local domestic violence services group said it is a serious problem that hurts everyone from taxpayers to the victims themselves.
McKnight said, "We're here to support task force organizations and law enforcement in any way we can to combat domestic violence."
McKnight is also working on developing a campaign that focuses on men speaking out about domestic violence. He said domestic violence is a top priority for the Attorney General of Washington.