Family Crisis Center says domestic violence is a problem that affects everyone
The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office confirms Tuesday night’s murder-suicide off Clara Lee Drive in Rossville was the result of a domestic dispute.
Tracy Winget, with the Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade, and Chattooga Counties, says this is a problem they see every day. They work at least 50 temporary protective orders a month, a problem she says affects everyone.
"Family. Children. Especially when there are children involved and now, the whole community is affected by something that happened,” Winget said.
She says they answered more than 2000 crisis calls and filed 550 temporary protective orders (TPOs) in 2018. They also provided emergency shelter to more than 275 women and children.
"There are a lot of social and economic barriers as to why somebody would stay. It's hard to walk away from a relationship,” Winget said.
Winget says someone is abused every nine to 15 seconds in the United States.
"We always have a job. We are always going to have a job and that's really sad,” Winget said.
Investigators say David White shot and killed Sharon Kell before taking his own life on Tuesday.
According to the police report, authorities investigated White for domestic violence before.
Records show three restraining orders and reports of physical and verbal threats by White dating back to at least September of 2018 in Catoosa County.
"In most domestic violence cases like this where there is a death, 78% of these situations; family members know about the domestic violence before it happened,” Winget said.
Winget says this case is a reminder that the public always needs to be aware.
"Go with your gut. If something doesn't seem right, then it's probably not," Winget advised. "You just need to ask them some questions and offer them support and be there for them."
Winget says help is always available.
"Sometimes all we can do is just listen. But sometimes that makes the biggest difference in helping someone,” Winget said.
The center has a 24-hour hotline for anyone to call if they are in a dangerous relationship or if they know someone who is.
That number is 706-375-7630.