A relationship that lasted for a year ended in death for an abused woman.
Sgt. Frank Chisari of the Orlando Police Department said that Asmick Rousseau
has been arrested for the strangling death of his girlfriend, Kendall
Keith. Rousseau murdered Keith, and then wrapped her body in a blanket
and dumped it behind the Royal Summit Apartments. Keith’s body was
found on Saturday.
Sgt. Chisari said “there was a long history of unreported violence
in the relationship, and unfortunately, it led to this homicide.”
He added that had the abuse been reported, perhaps Keith’s death
could have been prevented.
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship
that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
This abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation,
religion or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic
backgrounds and education levels, as well.
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) reports that in
2010, 113,378 crimes of domestic violence were reported to Florida law
enforcement agencies. Although this seems a huge number, many more survivors
of domestic violence are not reporting their abusers to police, and for
this reason, the true extent of abuse in the state is not known.
In this country, it is estimated that 22-25% of all women will experience
domestic violence at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, many children
who witness domestic abuse, become abusers themselves.
If you feel you are in an abusive relationship, call the Domestic Violence
Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local center to talk with someone.
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