MINNESOTA'S 11TH KNOWN VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE IN 2109
Darla M. King, 47, was stabbed and killed by her husband, John Lawler, 56, in her Bloomington home on August 4. Law enforcement responded to a call at Darla’s home and found her unresponsive and surrounded by a large pool of blood in her kitchen. Lawler, and Darla’s adult son were also in the kitchen. Darla’s son told officers he heard his mother and Lawler arguing and walked into the kitchen and found Darla covered in blood and Lawler on top of her.
When her son asked Lawler what he had done he said nothing, but his face “drained of color.” An autopsy found Lawler stabbed Darla four times. Lawler was arrested for domestic assault against Darla and her son in 2015, and again in 2018 for assaulting her son, but both charges were eventually dismissed. A Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO) was issued in both instances. John Lawler has been charged with second-degree murder in Darla M. King’s death.
Physical abuse is not bound by age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or nationality; it exists in all communities.
Women who are sexually abused by intimate partners suffer severe and long-lasting physical and mental health problems, similar to those of other rape victims.
The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not
the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors,
persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.
72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner;
94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.
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