Springfield Domestic Violence Homicide 8th in 2013 in MA
July 05, 2013
Today's tragic news of the murder of 19-year old Tyshianna J. Atkins by her boyfriend Terrance Brown has reached beyond her neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts. Advocates across the region and the Commonwealth noted that this is the eigth (8th) domestic violence homicide since January 1, 2013 in Massachusetts.
"While our nation celebrated its independence yesterday, the murder of Tyshianna reminds us that far too many victims of domestic violence are not free from abuse," said Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications at Jane Doe Inc., the statewide advocacy and membership coalition of nearly 60 community based sexual and domestic violence programs in Massachusetts.
Domestic violence homicides are preventable, precisely because they are among the most predictable of murders. Prevention takes many forms - from access to services for victims to accountability for perpetrators.
Marianne Winters, Executive Director of Safe Passage in Northampton, stated, "We want everyone to know the warning signs of domestic violence in general and high risk factors for domestic violence homicide specifically and to know that you are not alone. There are free and confidential services for victims, friends and family."
Access to a trained domestic violence advocate is a strong protective factors against domestic violence homicide. Local programs invite anyone in the community to call them during this time of loss, anger and sadness to talk about concerns for themselves or someone they know:
Office Phone: 413-586-1125
Hotline Phone: 413-586-5066
Office Phone: 413-538-9717
Hotline Phone: 413-536-1628