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San Bernardino school shooting highlights impact of domestic violence

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"In the wake of the April 10 San Bernardino school shooting in which North Park Elementary special education teacher Karen Smith and student Jonathan Martinez, 8, were killed, it was learned that shooter Cedric Anderson, Smith’s estranged husband, had a history of domestic violence. After firing off nine rounds, Anderson turned the gun on himself. His past has led many to wonder if Smith left the couple’s short marriage because of abuse and if so, why she hadn’t told anyone about the potential danger.

...For the abuser, it’s not always about showing their physical superiority, it’s about expressing their control over another person.

'When the person leaves, the abuser loses control, which is why they’re the most dangerous when the victim attempts to leave,' [executive director of a local domestic violence shelter] Stevning said. And the victim’s workplace may be the first place an abuser looks when the victim finally breaks free."

Read the full article here.