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Deborah Shepherd, executive director of the Family Violence Project, encourages those who are in an abusive relationship or know of someone in an abusive relationship to contact the organization to access help and information.
The toll-free help line is available 24 hours a day, and is confidential:
Information can also be found online at www.familyviolenceproject.org
When trying to determine whether an abusive relationship might turn lethal, Family Violence Project workers ask a set of 20 questions, according to Shepherd.
“If there are quite a few yesses on this danger assessment, those would be red flags for people,” Shepherd said.
Among the warning signs are an increase in levels of violence, strangulation attempts, use of a weapon, problem drinking or drug abuse, gun ownership and attempts to force the victim to have sex.
Other signs include things the abuser might say — such as death threats, threats to children in the household and threats of suicide.
Potential signs of extreme violence also include possessive or controlling behavior, such as spying, destruction of property, constant or violent jealousy and controlling friendships and money.
Violence is most likely to happen when the victim is in the process of leaving, or has recently left, the abuser.
Shepherd said there is one question that asks for the victim’s gut reaction.
“Do you believe he is capable of killing you?” it asks.
Shepherd said the answer to ending domestic violence lies in collaboration among many, and strong education programs that prevent the behavior from happening in the first place.
“We believe that it’s going to take a community to end domestic violence,” she said. “Prevention is as important as the services for victims.”
Shepherd encouraged those who are in an abusive relationship or know of someone in an abusive relationship to contact the organization to access help and information. The confidential, toll-free help line is available 24 hours a day at 1-877-890-7788, and information can also be found online at www.familyviolenceproject.org.Organic farmer
Domasinsky is an organic farmer and soil plant specialist who sometimes gave advice to gardeners in the area, according to previous Morning Sentinel reports.
He classified himself on his Facebook page as being “in an open relationship.”
No information was available Monday on Owens.
Attempts to contact the Domasinsky family were unsuccessful.Staff writer Jesse Scardina contributed to this report.Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @hh_matt