Family members speak out about domestic violence, after pregnant woman set on fire

Family members speak out during domestic violence awareness event after woman set on fire (ABC7)

While a mother of three remains at the hospital with serious burns, community members gathered at the Word of Life Christian Center to speak out against domestic violence.

Last month, police say Andrea Grinage was seven months pregnant when Laquinn Phillips poured gasoline on her body and set her on fire in a bathtub.

She gave birth to a baby girl seven weeks early.

“We live everyday not knowing, if she’s going to go two steps forward or one step back,” said Grinage’s sister. “She’s a mother, a sister, aunt, friend, she’s everything to my nephews 15 and 8, she’s everything to them.”

Grinage’s sister, her son and others close to her joined domestic violence survivors on Wednesday night to call for action that will save lives.

“If you are in a domestic relationship or anything, speak up…so that you won’t have to go through what my mom has been through,” said Adrian Grinage.

“We’re petitioning for a domestic violence….registry to be established nationwide,” said Kita Williams, who is the executive director of Atikal Foundation. “It would be a registry similar to the sex offender registry, where offenders or repeat offenders would be registered.”

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