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Domestic violence cause of nearly half of Maine murders Featured

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AUGUSTA - Domestic violence is the cause of nearly 50 percent of the murders each year in Maine but a report issued on Tuesday suggests that a change in attitude toward the victims could bring those numbers down in the future.

"Mama was right. I've heard it a hundred times. He's hurt you once, he'll do it again."


Barbara Theriault's daughter, Amy, wrote that poem before she was murdered by her estranged boyfriend in May of 2014. Theriault read the poem at a gathering during which the report's findings were discussed.


The report's release was particularly timely because October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month.


Lt. Col. William Harwood of the Maine State Police said that children can be victims of domestic violence as well.


On July 7, 2017, 52-year-old Lori Hayden and her 25-year-old son, Dustin, and Mike Spaulding were shot and killed by Lori's husband and Dustin's father and so far this year alone, eight of the 17 people who died as the result of homicide were domestic violence victims.


Earlier this year, Miranda Hopkins was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the January 2017 death of her 7-month-old son in Troy.


"When we fail to recognize and when we fail to believe the degree of the threat, we collude with the perpetrator," Francine Stark of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence said.


Victim advocates said that anyone who suspects someone else is being abused should because it might save a life.



TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, s...