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“No one else would have done this,” she told police.
According to family members and court records, Laura spent the last year of her life being terrorized by Acuna-Sanchez.
But across the country, many people are hopeful that it can play a pivotal role to help reduce domestic violence deaths.
While one in four women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, only a small fraction of cases turn lethal.
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.
Acuna-Sanchez was out on bail at the time of Laura’s death, awaiting trial for earlier assaults against her.
Grudek said he couldn’t comment on Acuna-Sanchez's case specifically.Her four-month-old son was crying by her side, coated in so much blood that EMTs thought he’d been shot too. In the spring, the shrubs lining the road flush with tiny purple flowers.It’s the road that leaves town, the path out of Carroll County.But he shared his perspective on the problem of domestic violence, which he said he formulated by watching Dr. “This is a very serious social problem,” he said, speculating that the crime was related to the breakdown of the traditional family structure.“Maybe if our culture goes back to when we had different values ... still has the highest rate of domestic violence homicide of any industrialized country.