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Domestic violence: spotting an abuser

Posted at 5:44 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 08:08:13-04

The topic of domestic violence is once again in the spotlight following the apparent murder-suicide of an Orchard Park couple.

Police say 53-year-old David Lewczyk shot and killed his girlfriend, 51-year-old Ruby Stiglmeir before taking his own life.

Police say Lewczyk was charged in a December 2015 domestic incident, in which Stiglmeir claimed her property was destroyed and set fire to, among other claims.

7 Eyewitness News sat down with an expert from the Family Justice Center, where a team of domestic violence advocates work to help victims get out of an abusive relationship safely.

For more information on how to get help and for a list of red flags that can help identify if an abusive relationship is at risk of turning deadly, click here.