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When Katie McMinn began working in the Utah Department of Health as a violence-protection specialist, some of the more disturbing cases of domestic and dating violence agitated her."When I first started, I would come home for an hour, shut the door and play piano for an hour," said the 28-year-old Cottonwood Heights woman. Only then would she be able extricate herself from the tangled web of violence and unhealthy passion she was immersed in at work and re-enter the world.But as McMinn enters her eighth year in her job, she focuses on the ever-rewarding benefits. Instead of bottling up the tragedies she's working to prevent, she's making art. She recently channeled some of her experiences into a song, "Sleep Through It," where a boy who watches his mother get battered eventually becomes a batterer himself.To read the rest of the story, go to

"Peace on Earth" Awards Brunch & Silent AuctionSponsored by the Salt Lake Area Domestic Violence Coalition, "Peace on Earth" is a recognition event for those who perform excellent work in the field of domestic violence. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit South Valley Sanctuary and YWCA shelters. Katie McMinn will perform.When » Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 10:30 a.m.Where » Episcopal Church Center of Utah, 75 S. 200 East, Salt Lake CityTickets » $15 per person, check or cash onlyHear it » "Sleep Through It" can be downloaded free until March 1 at