A spate of domestic violence-related homicides in the Orlando area, which began Sept. 27, has doubled the number of such deaths in Orange County, Fl., this year, says the Orlando Sentinel. The uptick in domestic violence slayings has homicide detectives scrambling for answers. “They are hard to predict,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Zambouros. “These are crimes of passion. Feelings just explode and it leads to spontaneous violence.”
In the majority of domestic violence killings, couples have a history of escalating violence which isn’t always reported to police. The most dangerous time for victims is when they are trying to leave the abuser. “We don’t have anything that is attributing to the rash [of killings] right now,” said Carol Wick, the CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida, which runs the domestic violence shelter in Orange County. “I wish I had an explanation, because then I could do something to stop it.” The killings come as advocates observe Domestic Violence Awareness month, which started October 1. Numerous events are being held this month, including several fundraisers and outreach efforts through a partnership between Harbor House and the Orlando Police Department.