Domestic Violence 

Gov. Baldacci is now urging health-care professionals to look even more closely for signs of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Baldacci says domestic violence-related homicides in Maine rose from eight in 2007, to 17 so far this year. The governor was joined at a news conference by the state’s attorney general and top health official as well as several medical organizations and violence-prevention groups.

The state Center for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing an advisory on the matter to professional health care providers across Maine. CDC Director Dora Anne Mills says the advisory will go out to about 5,000 recipients, but it will probably be seen by twice as many health care providers.