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Report: Friends, family key in preventing domestic violence murders

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Report: Friends, family key in preventing domestic violence murders

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor, Alex Gray

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Intervention by friends and family can be key in preventing domestic violence homicides.

That’s the finding of a study by the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence.

Susan Marks with the commission says 21 people locally have died in domestic violence incidents since 1997

Play Susan Marks on domestic violence homicides

The study found three common themes.

Abusers were consistently not held accountable, victims could not stop the abuse on their own and many people knew about the abuse, but did or said nothing to stop it.

To read more about the study’s recommendations for preventing domestic abuse, visit the commission’s website www.dvcommission.org/resources.