Recent Marshall Co. shootings involve domestic violence

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MARSHALL COUNTY, OKLAHOMA -- Since Friday the 13th, there have been four shootings in Marshall County.

The shootings have all been different, but Marshall County Undersheriff Donny Raley says they all have one thing in common.

"Domestic violence situations," Raley said.

Marshall County Undersheriff Donny Raley says, typically, this time of year, the county will have a domestic violence case each week, but they aren't usually as severe as this.

"Things like this just don't happen in Marshall County," Raley said.

Raley says maybe they would be less likely to happen if they hadn't lost their own domestic violence crisis center last year.

"Up until about a year ago, we had a crisis control center here that really worked hard with domestic violence," Raley said.

Today, the old Marshall County Family Support Services building looks like this.

"We did so much good here," Jessi Johnson, formerly the Community Response Coordinator for the center, said.

Marcia Smith with the says the facility closed when center leaders couldn't make ends meet financially.

"We worked with them on safety planning. We worked with them on safe housing," Johnson said.

Since closing their doors the Durant Crisis Control Center has taken over Marshall County's cases, but Johnson says they should have domestic violence resources specific to their county.

"They currently cover two other counties besides ours. It's really important to get that information to the residents of our county," Johnson said.

Information like not turning your back on abuse in your neighborhood.

"If you saw someone breaking into your neighbor's house, 'Would you turn your back on that?' You can't. You would call the police. Same way with domestic abuse. It's a crime and it takes neighbors to be aware of what's going on. It's just a tragedy that we're not able to provide the services in our county that we need to be," Johnson said.

Johnson and Raley both say they're thankful for the great support that the Durant crisis center gives, but they need domestic violence awareness programs specific to Marshall County.

Marcia Smith with the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault says federal and local funds have been cut nationwide for domestic violence programs.

She says Marshall County did get a big federal grant a while ago, but couldn't sustain that funding.

Diane Clay with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says, if you know of domestic violence or are a victim of abuse, call their hotline at 800-522-SAFE.

To donate, Johnson suggests contacting the Durant Crisis Center.

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