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Englewood mother and daughter slain, boyfriend charged

Spousal abuse may include physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can quickly spread to other family members when an argument gets out of control. Readers in Cape May County, New Jersey, may be interested in the tragic consequences that domestic violence can have on an entire family.

Law enforcement officials report that a 40-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter were killed by the woman's 34-year-old boyfriend recently. The man allegedly stabbed the woman and suffocated her daughter with a plastic bag. The man is being held on a bond of $2 million and is facing two counts of murder.

The pastor of a local church called for an end to domestic violence during the memorial service, which was attended by more than 800 mourners. He added that domestic violence is evil and that men who abuse their partners and wives deserve punishment. The service was used as a forum to call on abused partners to try and escape their situations and not tolerate it. Indeed, consulting with a family law attorney could be the first step in getting a restraining order and escaping and abusive partner or spouse.

The consequences of domestic violence can have lasting and devastating effects on the victim's physical and emotional well-being. Household members need to know how to protect themselves legally should physical violence from a spouse or partner occur.

Source:, "Family of slain Englewood mom, daughter calls for end to domestic violence," Rebecca Baker, Feb. 6, 2013

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