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Police investigate domestic violence shooting and stabbing, DVS sheds light on how to help

Kennewick detectives found 40-year-old Dania Alhafeth inside her apartment on the 500 block of South Olympia Street suffering from multiple stab wounds around 1:40 p.m., Wednesday.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – Tragic domestic violence cases have made headlines in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla this week.

Violence outside a Walla Walla home on East Cherry street on Tuesday, left a man dead. Police said the 30-year-old Daniel Earl Carlson was killed in a shooting that may have been a domestic violence incident.

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The coroner performed an autopsy on Carlson this morning, but we haven’t heard the results. WWPD said they are continuing to investigate the shooting death.

The following day, Kennewick police rescued a 40-year-old Dania Alhafeth inside her apartment on the 500 block of S. Olympia St. as she was suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Luckily, she survived surgery and has been upgraded to serious condition.

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Detectives arrested her husband, Abdul Rahman U Sweidan. He's been booked into jail for suspicion of first degree domestic violence assault.

Leaders at the Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties explain that it is risky for victims to leave abusive relationships.

"That's where the most violent acts that we're hearing about take place," said Dan Aspiri, executive director for DVS of Benton and Franklin Counties.

Aspiri said that's why, as a community, we need to change our culture and step up to offer help when we see relationship violence.

"We have to be willing to say, yes, I need to do something, it is something that I need to do as a neighbor, as a community member and call it in," he said.

By calling police, Aspiri said you can help prevent victims from being hurt. He stressed that it's important to reach out to people who you think are being controlled.

"What you're doing is letting the person know you're there, that it’s okay to let someone else know what's going on, and that there is someone who is really concerned about them," he explained.

At DVS they offer a 24-hour-crisis line (509) 582-9841 or (800) 648-1277 for anyone seeking guidance, and support services to help get victims to safety at no cost.

Support services include:

  • Advocacy
  • Legal Advocacy & Domestic Violence Protection Order Clinics
  • Resources & Referrals
  • Support Groups
  • Housing Assistance
  • Transitional Housing
  • DSHS/CSO Advocacy
  • CPS Advocacy
  • Jail Outreach
  • Girls Circle
  • Teen Dating Violence – Services and Education & Prevention
  • Outreach Education
  • Volunteer Program

"It is possible, people do go through this and come out of it and rebuild their lives and go on," Aspiri said.

He added that people who use their services become true survivors.

"It's so neat to hear a mom say, 'we finally can feel like a family, my kids can laugh and play and be kids now,' and they cry when they say those kinds of things," Aspiri said.

For anyone who's suffering from domestic violence, he said you're not alone, and DVS is here to help.

Domestic Violence Services relies on grants and donations to provide their service.

Coming up on September 15th, DVS is hosting their 12th annual ”Break the Silence, Stop the Violence" golf tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course. They welcome the community to get involved in the fundraiser.


EVENT DETAILS:

Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties is hosting its 12th annual golf tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course

Friday, September 15, 2017 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course

How can you get involved and make a difference?

1. Become a sponsor of the tournament (see list of opportunities). We hope that we have given you enough time to add us to your budget for this coming year.

2. Come out and golf with 3 of you friends or coworkers – golf tournament entry fee of $600 for 8 am team or $700 for 1:30 pm team. Team includes golf, golf cart, and tee prize, driving range, meal and auction.

3. Make a charitable donation to Domestic Violence Services here – and receive a tax receipt for every dollar you contribute.

To sign up, visit dvsbf.org, or for questions you can contact Sami Hammond: sami.s@dvsbf.org or call 509-735-1295

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