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New Marshfield partnership aims at cutting high school domestic abuse


MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) - A Marshfield murder has prompted local leaders to take steps to help domestic abuse victims of high school age.

Marshfield School District has teamed up with the Personal Development Center to offer domestic violence services at the school.

The murder of Maisie McCullough prompted this partnership, as people including the school psychologist knew about the abuse McCullough received from boyfriend and accused killer Gabriel Campos.

A recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey done by the Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth shows 4.4 percent of Marshfield students had been physically hurt by their significant other in the last year, and 7.5 percent had been verbally or physically coerced into participating in sexual activity. The numbers were even higher two years ago when 11.8 percent reported physical injury and 14.4 percent had been coerced into having sex.

Maisie McCullough was stabbed to death in September of 2012. Gabriel Campos is in jail, where he informed Wood County Judge Todd Wolf he wants to withdraw his guilty plea. A motions hearing on that issue is scheduled for Monday, July 22nd.