Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Domestic violence requires support of the community to prevent tragedies, police say

MIDDLETOWN – Domestic violence and the presence of a weapon are a recipe for disaster. Within the first 14 days of 2019, two husbands took the lives of their wives and then killed themselves.  Both tragedies happened in the City of Middletown.

Both husbands were members of law enforcement and both used legally owned firearms.

Middletown Police are working with Safe Homes of Orange County to provide education, counseling and strict enforcement of such violence to protect the next victim.               

Safe Homes’ Executive Director Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier said domestic violence is all about control.

“There is no greater form of control than the decision to take someone else’s life in this situation and predominantly in most cases where the abuser kills their victim, there is a history of domestic violence and certainly access to a legal weapon increases someone’s lethality, and having homes that have someone who is using domestic violence and a gun in the home is an increased threat or risk to lethality,” Kostyal-Larrier said.

Middletown police said domestic violence is a problem that requires the support of everyone in the community to prevent such tragedies,

 


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