The Dangers of Leaving an Abuser: the Milwaukee Shooting

Abuse victims are often afraid to leave their abusers because of the threat of escalated violence if they do.  The following story, of the Sunday shooting in Milwaukee, illustrates this point:

A Wisconsin woman whose husband killed her and two others at the spa where she worked said he threatened to throw acid in her face and jealously terrorized her “every waking moment,” according to court documents.

Authorities say Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, killed three women, including his 42-year-old wife, Zina Haughton, and wounded four others Sunday before turning the gun on himself.

The Waukesha County medical examiner’s office on Monday identified the dead as Zina Haughton; Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine; and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc. All were found in the spa.

In a written request for a restraining order filed Oct. 8, Zina Haughton said her husband was convinced she was cheating on him and that aside from the acid threat he also vowed to burn her and her family with gas. He said he would kill her if she ever left him or called the police, according to the court papers obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

“His threats terrorize my every waking moment,” she wrote.  —Wisconsin man illegally bought gun day before spa shooting

His wife did the right thing in trying to leave him.  However, this is when domestic abusers often become the most dangerous, and restraining orders–as in the story above–become nothing more than a piece of paper.  My page on abuse is full of links to websites to help abuse victims.

Center provides safe place to interview abused children

Children who tell about their abuse are very courageous, especially with the control abusers try to keep over their victims.  For links to websites about child abuse, see my page here.  This article is about a center in Madison used to interview children:

It’s a long walk for youngsters who have been physically or sexually abused to get to the small room at the end of the hallway at Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center where a forensic interviewer will ask them to tell what happened.

The 50 adult paces are easily doubled or tripled by the feet of a child as young as 3 being led to the room with pale blue and white walls and two facing gray chairs — one draped with a deep blue blanket printed with orange and white suns, moons and planets.

It’s here that youngsters sit down with an impartial interviewer to describe who did what to them, while detectives, prosecutors, child protection workers and other professionals gathered in a monitoring room next door watch on closed-circuit television and feed questions through an earpiece worn by the interviewer.

It was where, in February, an emaciated 15-year-old girl began telling how she was allegedly starved, tortured and confined to the basement of her family’s Southeast Side home…….


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