Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the three children who were found dead in their home yesterday afternoon after police were dispatched to the River Falls home on a domestic call.
Many batterers use children as a tactic of coercion and control against their mother, including threats to abduct or kill the children, particularly when she tries to leave the relationship. Batterers often engage in legal fights over custody and physical placement as a way to have ongoing control over their ex-partners.
Children and others can be killed during the course of domestic violence homicide/suicide but generally there is one primary intended victim, usually the spouse/partner. When children are killed instead of the intended victim, it may be that the perpetrator is attempting to further hurt the intended victim by taking away what they most value or love.
We at Turningpoint are making ourselves available to anyone who would like to talk about this tragic event or is currently afraid for their safety due to domestic violence. Please feel free to give us a call at 715-425-6751, or text to 715-821-8626 (Text hotline is available 24 hours a day) stop by our office in River Falls or visit our Facebook page -http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turningpoint/313878767186.