“Unfortunately, the impact and danger of domestic violence are not fully recognized until there has been a tragic loss experienced by families and the community at large,” Warren Rodgers, Jr., executive director of the center, said.

On average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, according to the center, which works to help those in abusive relationships.

Generally, following the “senseless deaths, many people ask us ‘Why’d she stay,’” he said.

“My best guess is that fear is very often the reason we see that people stay in abusive relationships, threats of suicide, and threats to kill pets, family members, or loved ones are common. There’s also fear related to living independently, due to financial abuse, and … sometimes people stay for the children,” Rodgers said.

“Many times, the reasons will never be known and we are only left to guess about the motivation. All we can do is speculate” as to why, he said.

Educating those in abusive or dangerous relationships is critical because “intimate…

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