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Domestic violence expert urges loved ones to talk to victims

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Call 1-800-273-HOPE if you need help in an abusive relationship. Call 1-800-273-HOPE if you need help in an abusive relationship.
SUMMERVILLE, SC -

On Sunday, funeral services were held for Ashley Kaney and her 8-year-old daughter Riley Burdick who were found dead in their home Tuesday morning, which happened to be the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

The murders happened just days after South Carolina topped the nation as the state with the highest number of women murdered by men.

Jacob Philip, Kaney's boyfriend, is expected to be charged with the murders after confessing to police about the crime. At a candlelight vigil for Kaney on Friday, her friends were still shocked to hear Philip is accused of the murders.

"Like any relationship, there were trials, there were difficulties, but everyone of us, of all the people he worked with, there is no way we could have ever predicted this. Not in a million years," Jessica Griffon said.

That is the story Elmire Raven, who runs My Sister's House, said she hears all too often. My Sister's House is a shelter for victims of abuse. She urged friends and family to come together whenever they suspect abuse.

"It's important to let that person know that you do recognize or feel that this is not a healthy relationship," she said.

According to Raven, some of the signs of an abusive relationships include:

  • Jealousy
  • Controlling behavior
  • Constant phone calls and text messages
  • Forced isolation from friends

Even with help from friends and family, Raven said the decision for a victim to leave an abusive relationship has to come from within.

"As a friend [...] all you can be is a supportive friend and be there for that person and encourage them to make a decision because in the end, it is their decision," she said.

If you are experiencing abuse, you can call My Sister's House 24-hour tip line at: 1-800-273-HOPE

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