In love and in danger dating violence
He was out on bail, under court order to have no contact with Laura and to check in with probation by phone each week.At the gas station, Laura told police where she thought Acuna-Sanchez might be staying and pleaded for their help.He allegedly beat her with a baseball bat, dragged her behind a car, strangled her until she blacked out on the floor and told her over and over how he would kill her if she ever left him.At the time, Acuna-Sanchez, 18, was awaiting trial for charges stemming from two prior attacks on Laura, including a felony for aggravated assault.
Despite a record of escalating violence against Laura, he was released without bail the following day.Victims of domestic abuse are asked 20 questions, including: Do you believe he is capable of killing you? At the time of her death, Laura would have scored an 18 — in “extreme danger” — on Campbell’s lethality screening test, according to calculations by The Huffington Post.“The system might have worked best together to identify that perpetrator as high-risk and manage that case in a more proactive way,” Campbell said.The trick, many experts now believe, is identifying which women are at highest risk of death so they can be targeted for intervention.
Twenty-five years ago, Jacquelyn Campbell, now viewed as the country’s leading expert on domestic homicide, created a screening tool that helps police, court personnel and victim advocates identify the women who are at the greatest risk of being killed. “We now know enough about the risk factors that we need to assess perpetrators for risk of homicide,” Campbell said in an interview.But in this small town in rural Arkansas, those red flags went unheeded. In Arkansas, the combination of lots and lots of guns and lax firearm laws contributes to the problem.