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Two killed as result of domestic violence

Sadly, domestic violence is a common occurrence in Rockville. Those who find themselves the victim of domestic abuse are in a dangerous situation. Yet, oftentimes these individuals choose not to leave the abuser for fear of retaliation. This choice, unfortunately, can lead to disastrous consequences not only for the spouse or ex-spouse being abused, but also for any children in the home. A recent heart-wrenching incident raises awareness of the dangers of domestic violence and why help should be sought immediately by those facing abuse.

A woman and her three children were shot by the woman's ex-husband, the children's father. According to reports, the mother and her daughter were killed in the incident, but the woman's two young sons survived. A candlelight vigil was held for the victims with family and friends in utter shock of the shooting. Also, those present at the vigil implored those facing domestic violence to speak out.

While this is an extreme and tragic case of domestic violence, many in domestic abuse situations may find themselves in similar situations if they do not seek help. Fortunately, immediate help can be sought to help prevent harm. A domestic abuse victim can go to court or the Commissions at any time, any day and file for an Interim Protective Order. After that, one or more hearings may be held to determine whether a Temporary Protective Order is appropriate. Ultimately, the Court will decide if a Final Protective Order is appropriate which will provide protection for 1-2 years. 

Obtaining a protection order may have effects on other aspects of the family. Child custody and child visitation may be affected and the alleged abuser may be removed from the home. These changes may be important to maintain the petitioner's safety and the safety of any children in the home.

Domestic abuse is very serious. Any Rockville resident who is in danger from domestic violence should call the authorities first, and then get help with a longer term solution. It is best to speak out and seek immediate help before the situation escalates into a tragic burst of violence.

Source: CBS 11, "Candlelight Vigil Held For Mother & Daughter Killed By Domestic Violence," Susy Solis, August 10, 2013

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