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Domestic violence expert speaks about Brookfield shooting


MADISON (WKOW) -- Sunday's tragic shooting in Brookfield comes just over two months after the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

The difference this time is that the shooter was after one specific target.

We now know it was a case of domestic abuse that escalated to horrific proportions.

Radcliffe Haughton killed his estranged wife and two other women, before taking his own life.

27 News spoke with Shannon Barry, executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Dane County, about how domestic violence reaches this level.

She says victims are most at risk when they're attempting to leave the situation.

Haughton and his wife were reportedly in the middle of a divorce.

Brookfield police say Haughton also had previously slashed his wife's tires, which led to a 4-year restraining order, just last Thursday.

Barry says, "A restraining order is just one tool. It's not a guarantee. It's just like with anything else, I think victims really need to look at all the different options for safety in front of them. Working with an advocate who can go through with them what are the benefits and what are the limitations."

She says the biggest message DAIS wants to get out to victims is that there are a lot of opportunities to connect with local domestic violence service providers and advocates, and to seek help early.

The DAIS hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The number is 608-251-4445.

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