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Domestic Violence Relationships Can Turn Deadly

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- It's a theme that's become all too common lately, domestic violence relationships that end badly and ultimately turn deadly.

We've seen two in the Tri-Cities in the last six months.

Police say a murder Wednesday night in Richland involved a suspect stabbing his former girlfriend.

And in Kennewick earlier this year, a man murdered the new boyfriend of his former fiancee.

In both situations, children were present when the crimes happened.

And in both cases, the crime appears to be the result of a relationship that ended badly.

"Domestic Violence homicide is unfortunately not that uncommon and that's why we take such steps to try to safeguard the victims of domestic violence to provide the resources, to provide them all kinds of alternatives," said Capt. Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

"They see leaving or breaking up as intolerable or unacceptable and often times especially starting a new relationship and a lot of the times the mentality is if I can't have you, no one else can,"said Erinn Gailey, Domestic Violence Services of Benton Franklin Counties.

Gailey says even when people leave domestic violence relationships, they should take steps to stay safe.

"Women are more likely to be killed during or after the process of leaving So leaving can actually be the most dangerous time. So knowing about those resources and having those good support systems are an essential part of that process," Gailey said.

Gailey says the children who witnessed these murders will need therapy to express their grief.

But she says they also need routine.

"Kids that experience trauma, they want to be kids and doing kid things with safe adults is very therapeutic," Gailey said.

Gailey says if you see someone you think is in a domestic violence relationship, you should express concern, support and get them help.

She also says, children who witness domestic violence need to hear how they are being kept safe after they leave the situation and discuss what anger is.