VIDEO: Man beats woman in a St. Louis street while children watch

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Domestic violence is caught on camera. It happened Saturday night in the middle of a south St. Louis street. The violence was captured on a surveillance system near the intersection of Minnesota and Magnolia.

"You don`t expect to look out your front door and see someone beating somebody else," said Paul Treece. "You just don`t expect to see that in your neighborhood."

Treece ran outside after he heard a neighbor yelling for the punches to stop. When he got outside, a man was hitting a woman. Several small children were with them.

"He was kind of on top of her and had just kind of put her down on the ground and I could see jabs coming, but I couldn't really see her fighting back a whole lot," said Treece.

Police confirm receiving a 911 call, but the man and woman left before officers arrived. Witnesses say the man took off in a car while the woman walked away telling witnesses she didn't want to file a police report.

The executive director of A.L.I.V.E, Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments, called the video shocking. Maggie Menefee also said it`s not surprising.

"One in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse," said Menefee.

She encourages anyone in a violent relationship to call the organization`s 24-hour hotline at 314-993-2777. She says conversations are confidential and can help lead to safe ways to escape violence.

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