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Local efforts to end domestic violence murder-suicides in Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) -  There's an effort underway in Columbus to end the dozens of domestic violence murder-suicides a year in Georgia.

The Georgia Commission of Family Violence and the Columbus Domestic Violence Roundtable led the discussion Wednesday afternoon. The Georgia Commission of Family Violence and the Columbus Domestic Violence Roundtable hosted an educational luncheon at the Public Library on Macon Road.

Organizers say every year in Georgia there's an average of 20 domestic violence murder-suicides.
Wednesday they referenced a Georgia case in 2016.

"They found a woman dead from 28 stab wounds, 58 sharp force injuries, and 30 incised wounds to her head, torso and extremities. Two of her kids were bound and gagged unable to free themselves for four days," says Terri Powe, Support for Survivors of Murder-Suicide Coordinator, Georgia Commission of Family Violence.

Organizers say, when it comes to domestic violence suicides, the families of the victims often times don't get the support they need.

"So that is what murder suicide looks like right up in your face. When you have children...kids are involved."- says Powe.

Organizers say following a domestic violence murder-suicide support can include: crime scene cleanup, helping with the probate process, and recognizing when you're experiencing traumatic grief.

They say, the signs to look out for are broken up into three groups: manipulation, coercion, and threats. For example, an abuser could try to coerce a victim into not working, manipulating his or her finances. Experts say this should be a sign of domestic violence.

The Georgia Commission of Family Violence has resources available to keep you or someone else who may be struggling safe. Its site can be accessed by clicking this link- https://gcfv.georgia.gov/


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