For many victims of domestic violence, the thought of escaping their dangerous relationship is often complicated by several underlying factors. For many victims, concerns about their abuser finding out about their plans to escape, may prevent them from making changes sooner. Even when a victim is able to successfully remove him or herself from the toxic relationship, there are sometimes still risks that the abuser will continue to create a problem.
This is exactly what happened in a recent incident in California that left a woman dead after her ex-husband shot her following an apparent domestic dispute. While the woman and her ex-husband had been separated for over a year, he came to her workplace at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, California and confronted her. After what witnesses described as a verbal altercation, the man shot the woman, who eventually died. Authorities reported that the woman had previously called them in regards to domestic violence-related incidents while the pair were still married. An investigation into the murder is ongoing as authorities try to piece together the timeline of events. The woman leaves behind two young sons.
If families are dealing with the debilitating side-effects of domestic violence, they may benefit from the help of an attorney. A legal professional understands the risks that victims face and may be able to help them to create a persuasive case without compromising their safety or integrity.
Source: VC Star, “Thousand Oaks mall shooting victim called police to report previous domestic violence,” Megan Diskin and Christian Martinez, Mar. 19 2018