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Brookfield shooting hits home

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Beth Wheelock Tallon
October 22, 2012

Beth Tallon is the Public Relations Director for YWCA Rock County. If you'd like to contact her directly, email btallon@ywcarockco.com

As television reporters interrupted the Packers game Sunday with updates on the shooting in Brookfield, similar local updates punctuated conversation at our Packers party.

One of my close friends realized he had worked with the suspect about five years ago. At first, he thought it couldn't be the same man. They had worked together briefly. The suspect had been employed as a subcontractor. Through texts and facebook updates, he learned that it was the same person.

Later, my friend learned that not only did he know the suspect, but one of his current coworkers is related to one of the victims. The victim was reportedly recovering after being injured in the shooting.

This type of incident brings domestic violence close to home. People ask why we keep talking about domestic violence, but it is so prevalent in our society we cannot ignore it.

Janesville Police respond to an average of three domestic calls a day. At YWCA Rock County's Domestic Violence Vigil last week, Sgt. Anne Brophy told me Janesville residents who have been killed at the hands of a loved one come from all areas of the city. She says the victims range from homeless to millionaires, and that's no exaggeration.

The estranged wife of Sunday's shooting suspect was granted a temporary restraining order against him. She reported earlier this month that her tires had been slashed while she was at work.

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence issued a statement about the violent attack.

If you or someone you care about are in a dangerous situation, The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides an excellent list of safety resources. If you need help, call YWCA Rock County's 24-hour emergency line at (608) 752-2583. If you need IMMEDIATE help, call 911.

Be safe.



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