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“One of the realities is that you can’t ever predict with confidence how the situation will develop. Even a case that looks relative low risk … can escalate very quickly,” she said.

Milwaukee’s Sojourner Truth House, which serves about 550 women and children annually at a house in an undisclosed neighborhood, plans to break ground in September on a new shelter at a major intersection near downtown Milwaukee. Executive Director Carmen Pitre said the new shelter will include space for partnering organizations, such as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, child welfare workers and Milwaukee police, and “stand as a beacon to other people to get involved in solving the issue” of domestic violence.