Domestic Violence History
Earlier this week TV 20 reported that two people were arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Heather Strong. Both Heather Strong and Joshua Fulgham filed a number of petitions against each other this year and last. Marion County Deputies say this could be a sign of domestic abuse which may have led to Heather's death.
"She was deathly scared of him. I mean he has been threatening to kill her for years," said Strong's cousin.
Should this sign have been noticed before Heather's death? These court documents show how Heather and Joshua got restraining orders against each other. But Marion County Deputies say that sometimes people will file an injunction for the wrong reasons. Which makes it all the more difficult to establish victims of domestic violence.
"A lot of times they may have children together. Their spouse cheated on them or they are in the process of getting a divorce and they want to hurt their spouse by keeping kids away from them so they will file an injunction for protection," says Captain Pogue at the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Captain Pogue says that in 2008 Marion County had over two thousand domestic violence cases. Last year in the city of Ocala there were more than 600. Monica Bryant says abusive relationships for some couples can be tough to get out of.
"On average it takes a woman seven times to leaver her abuser," says Bryant. For the complete story please see video on right:
- Giving Hope to Woman and Children Living in Domestic Violence Shelter
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- Domestic Violence Victims Speak Out
- Domestic Violence Rises This Time Of Year
- Domestic Violence Warrant Round-Up
- Domestic Violence Risk Factors & Resources
- Domestic Violence Round-Up in Alachua County
- Domestic Violence Increases During Holidays
- Stalking and Domestic Violence
- Men On Board, Rally Against Domestic Violence