Domestic violence on the rise?
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Abuse bleeds into extended family, friends.
By: Amelia Wigton, associate editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:07 AM CDT
In recent weeks, stories that point to domestic violence have been consuming headlines.
“Ozark woman slain” and “Man allegedly sneaks into Freedom‟s Rest, kidnaps children” are the two most recent
Headliner News stories to demonstrate that Christian County is not exempt from domestic violence.
While these are extreme isolated cases, there are similar stories happening all over the nation every day.
Although officers never specifically said the words “domestic violence” in the death of Ozark resident Stephanie
Regan, who was shot and killed in her home July 5, Regan‟s daughter, Cindy Kubowicz, did say that her mother was
“She was the best mom in the world, and she gave her life helping and protecting me—the ultimate parental
sacrifice,” she told the Headliner News.
Family friend Jay Johnson, who officiated at Regan‟s funeral, also told the Headliner News that Regan was protecting
“I think this whole thing is that Stephanie was protecting her family. She would do anything to protect her family—her
daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson,” he said. “Everyone was out of town except for her.”
Regan‟s alleged killer is her son-in-law Jerry Kubowicz. He committed suicide July 6.
Ozark Police Det. Sean Vorse said the incidences of domestic violence in Ozark have increased compared to the same
time last year.
“We are seeing an increase in our physical domestic violence over last year from January to now,” he said. “Our verbal
domestics are about the same.”
Until domestic violence turns so severe that it becomes headlines, the subject is often not discussed, it‟s even taboo
sometimes. However, Ozark resident Kathryn Wiechert wants domestic violence to be in the news all the time. She
doesn‟t want there to be black eyes, bruises or