The Athens Banner-Herald traditionally recognizes a single person as the Top Newsmaker of the Year. But this year, when every murder in the city in 2009 was a domestic violence homicide, they chose to recognize as 2009 Top Newsmakers the emergency dispatchers who handle traumatic scenes, an advocate who works to stop domestic violence, and the victims of domestic violence themselves - each a person who was more than a statistic.
Read their series here:
Dispatchers calmly deal with the worst
Giving victims a voice
To honor and remember