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10.6.04

Domestic violence victim speaks out

Police say a classmate murdered UNCW student Jessica Faulkner Police say a classmate murdered UNCW student Jessica Faulkner
Police say an ex-boyfriend killed Christen Naujoks Police say an ex-boyfriend killed Christen Naujoks
Police say Gail Tice-Hewson was killed by her estranged husband Police say Gail Tice-Hewson was killed by her estranged husband

"It's something my mind wants to block," a woman who wants to remain anonymous tells us. She's talking about the domestic abuse incident that nearly ended her life nine years ago, when, as these stories describe, she killed her former boyfriend in self-defense.

In Wilmington alone, this year police say three women have been murdered by their boyfriends, husbands, or men they knew well.

"Every time I hear the news, another woman has gotten killed," the woman says. "I re-live what happened."

She filed several restraining orders against him, and even moved out of the country. Now she lives in Wilmington.

She says the papers never protected her.

"Someone needs to do something more than a domestic order," she pleads. "I don't think it's helping women out there."

Both Christen Naujoks and Gail Tice-Hewson had requested restraining orders before they were killed. This woman says the same thing nearly happened to her.

The stalking and attacks finally came to an end one night when her former boyfriend came into her home with a knife.

"He raised his hand, and I raised my hand at the same time, and I shot him."

There were no charges, no trial. Now she doesn't want to be identified. Still, she fears her dead boyfriend's family. She hopes other women will hear this story and escape from potentially dangerous relationships.

Reported by Ashley Hayes

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