District Attorney says we can do more to help victims of domestic violence

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Search crews spent time on the Susquehanna River late Tuesday afternoon near the Dock Street Dam, after police say they watched video showing Archie Wright dump boots in the river. Wright is accused of killing 37-year-old Tomicka Stubbs over the weekend in her apartment while her young children were present

District Attorney Ed Marsico, says family members told police on Sunday, that Wright threatened to kill Stubbs, and earlier in the week, he nearly strangled her to death. Marsico says he would like more families to become

Marsico says he would like more families to become involved if they suspect that a loved one may be in an abusive and dangerous relationship. “If you’re a witness, or hear of it,” said Marsico, “You want to notify your local police.”

Christie Love lives in Dauphin County and was shocked to hear about the Stubbs murder. She says her best friend is in an abusive relationship, and she along with family members have tried to help. “I have contacted police,” said Love, “They responded with, if she does not take the steps and say something happened, there is nothing they can do.”

Love says she can’t get her abuser out of her rental property, even though he is not on the lease.

Ellen Kramer is the Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She says the bottom line is to empower victims, so they will take the first step to get help. Kramer says people can encourage victims to gain control of their lives. “Be prepared to be rebuffed,” said Kramer “But at the end of the day, you may be the one to save a life.”

Kramer says victims of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-7233.

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