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Domestic Abusers Crave Power And Control

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Missoula County authorities this week charged a local man with killing his 26-year-old girlfriend when she tried to leave him a few days before Christmas. Emmanuel Gomez is accused of deliberate homicide for the death of 26-year-old Charlie Wyrick.

Back in 1992 Ruth Glenn’s husband shot her three times – twice in the head - when she tried to leave her abusive marriage.  He killed himself when the police tracked him down several months later.

Glenn now serves as executive director of the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  She says abusers come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and economic classes. She does, however, believe they tend to share some common traits:

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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