October is domestic violence awareness month. TIR spoke with DV expert Kathryn Hamel, Ph.D. from the Hecht Trauma Institute to learn more about how women can protect themselves from abuse. Watch the episode here. This is critical potentially life-saving information everyone needs to know.
This information, in our opinion, could have potentially helped Gabby Petito, who was killed by her boyfriend while traveling together in Wyoming in August 2021. Gabby’s story got national and international attention when she was reported missing by her parents. People everywhere followed the case. Moab, Utah police body camera footage showed Gabby crying hysterically after a fight with her boyfriend on Aug. 12, just days before he killed her and left her body near a camping area.
Dr. Hamel talked about behavior signs to watch for and shared what’s called the “power control wheel” which spells out the various stages of behavior that escalates into violence.
On TIR, Dr. Hamel also analyzed part of the Moab police body camera footage of Gabby and her boyfriend, showing how his behavior fit into the “power control wheel.” Watch the show here.
Domestic violence affects everyone. Be sure to save these links below and share them with anyone that you feel could benefit from this.
- Centers for Disease Control – Intimate Partner Violence
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE or TEXT the word START to 88783
- Hecht Trauma Institute