Last night's shooting stems from a domestic dispute between Terry Daugherty and a woman he shared a home and had a child with. That same woman filed a protective order against him just last week. Officials say this piece of paper is more important than you think.
"The violence, it's more physical attacks, more injuries on the victims, than what we were seeing in the past." Christina Wicks with the Albion Fellows Bacon Center says they're seeing a disturbing decrease in cases involving emotional abuse, and an increase in cases involving violent, physical actions, instead.
Wicks says the number of people seeking protection is on the rise, as well. "Today, the number within our outreach program, we filed two protective orders."
Wicks says on an average day that number can be six.
A protective order was issued against 44-year-old Terry Daugherty after being arrested for felony violence and strangulation last week. Officials shot Daugherty after he allegedly threatened to cut that same woman's throat, while out out on bail. That woman had a protective order against him. "A lot of people see it as a piece of paper, but its definitely that documentation, what can we do in the outcome of a worse case event that does happen," says Wicks.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor, Nick Hermann, agrees it's more than a piece of paper. "Domestic violence is such a difficult crime for law enforcement. It's difficult for the people going through it, and it's difficult for law enforcement. You have somebody that you love, that you live with, that you share bills with, that you are raising children with, then all of a sudden they do something that's hurtful to you. Then it gets forgiven, they apologize and make up, then it gets worse in the future. It progressively gets worse. That's why we always tell people to reach out get help, to tell people what's going on," says Hermann.
The center aims to stop the violence. "The only way we are going to stop it and prevent it, is to talk about it. We want to make people aware and do something," says Wicks. To make people aware the center will hold their 17th annual 'Take Back The Night' event along the Evansville river front Thursday night. It's a change to put hope in ending the violence.
The County Prosecutor's office can help issue a no contact order.