AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The person charged in a weekend homicide is anticipated to be in courtroom later this week.
Associates have instructed First Information the sufferer knew her killer and had been in an abusive relationship with him.
On Monday, First Information talked with consultants about the place victims can flip for assist.
As homicide suspect Steve Inexperienced sits in jail awaiting his first look in courtroom, friends of victim Ashley Lockhart can’t say they’re surprised at what occurred between them.
“It’s surprising I suppose that he took it that far, sure, however on the identical time, no,” stated Nicole Vanhorn, Lockhart’s pal.
Police say Inexperienced shot Lockhart whereas she was at a friend’s apartment in Austintown late Friday night time.
VanHorn says, regardless that the couple was estranged, Inexperienced would mentally abuse the sufferer.
“Like, he was very manipulative and fast to say, ‘Properly, our daughter will hate you for this,’ or this or that,” she stated.
Consultants say it’s usually very troublesome to victims to interrupt freed from their abusers.
“It may very well be out of worry. It may very well be monetary causes. Additionally simply the worry of beginning over,” stated Jacqueline Hughley of the Sojourner Home Shelter.
Jacqueline Hughley and Audrey Walker are with the Sojourner Home Battered Ladies’s Shelter. They are saying victims like Lockhart aren’t alone.
“Simply letting individuals know they don’t must endure. That there’s a spot that they will go. There’s a secure place that they will come to the place they will include their youngsters and be secure,” Walker stated.
In keeping with the Ohio Division of Home Violence, on common a sufferer will attempt to go away an abusive relationship not less than half a dozen instances earlier than lastly reducing ties with their abuser for good. Typically, that sufferer might be attempting to show everybody mistaken who’s been attempting to get them to get away, consultants say.
“At any time when they go away our companies, they’re all the time welcome again as a result of we anticipate lots of them to come back again as a result of lots of them don’t end this system,” Walker stated.
Counselors say they proceed to supply assist and data to maintain victims secure and keep away from tragedies like Friday night time’s.
Counselors additionally say assist is offered for home abuse victims 24 hours a day. For extra data or assist, name the Sojourner Home at 330-747-4040.