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'Clearly, by far, we are number 1.' Statistically, Springfield is a hotbed for domestic violence. What's behind that reality?

Springfield Daily Citizen journalists Steve Pokin and Jackie Rehwald were photographed in the Daily Citizen newsroom on the campus of Missouri State University on May 17, 2023.
Gregory Holman/KSMU
Springfield Daily Citizen journalists Steve Pokin and Jackie Rehwald were photographed May 17, 2023 in the Daily Citizen newsroom on the campus of Missouri State University.

The Springfield area is known as Missouri's capital of domestic violence. But is that only because those crimes are reported more often here than in other parts of the Show-Me State? KSMU's Gregory Holman is joined by Springfield Daily Citizen journalists Jackie Rehwald and Steve Pokin.

Living in Fear. That's the title of the Springfield Daily Citizen's new four-part series on domestic violence being published through June 2023.

Ozarks Public Radio reporter Gregory Holman is joined by Springfield Daily Citizen journalists Jackie Rehwald and Steve Pokin. Rehwald and Pokin have been investigating domestic violence in Greene County for several months, working alongside visual journalists Shannon Cay and Jym Wilson, with illustrations by the local artist Andie Bottrell.

A heads-up for KSMU listeners: This segment contains frank discussion of abuse and violence that might not be appropriate for all audience members.

Gregory Holman is a KSMU reporter and editor focusing on public affairs.