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The Hour: Recent Domestic Homicides Illustrate Dynamics of Abuse

Two women — one a 49-year-old hairdresser living with her unemployed boyfriend and another man in a one-bedroom trailer; the other a 33-year-old waitress helping her hapless father put his life back together — both killed by the men they supported.

Domestic violence experts say that abusive behavior can run the spectrum of relationships and situations as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

“There is violence toward women in all strata,” said Marielynn Herrera, coordinator of Stamford-based Domestic Violence Crisis Center. “It all goes back to power and control and it’s hard to break away. When an abuser doesn’t have the ability to have power, they lose control.”