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O’Leary murdered Treasure not long after Treasure had broken off their relationship. That’s an unfortunate and all-too-common reality, according to Madison Lightfoot of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She said statistics show approximately 75% of female homicide victims are killed while either trying to leave an abuser or shortly after they leave, making it the most dangerous time for victims of abuse.
It’s one of the many reasons, Lightfoot said, that expanding access to resources and increasing prevention efforts are imperative. Particularly when paired with statistics that indicate the state’s crisis centers served a combined total of more than 15,000 adult and child victims of sexual, domestic and dating violence last year, and the fact 1 in 4 New Hampshire women have been sexually assaulted. Additional statistics can be found on the coalition’s website at nhcadsv.org/statistics-and-research.
“We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe and shining a light on the dangerous realities of domestic and sexual violence,” Lightfoot said. “We encourage all Granite Staters to reach out to local crisis centers to see how they play a role or educate themselves on the red flags to look out for.”