Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tara Johnson and Daughter Allison and the Million Dollar Question

Tara Johnston and her daughter, Allison.
On Tuesday, mother and daughter were found dead in Oklahoma.  And by Wednesday,at a hotel room in Las Vegas, the husband and father was found, he'd committed suicide.

Tara Johnson, 29 and her 16 month -old daughter Allison were murdered.  The couple "appeared loving and happy."   There were no financial issues and no signs of any trouble or abuse in the couple's marriage.  Yet, David Johnson murdered his family.

In cases of intimate partner violence leading to homicide, the silence of not telling their shameful secret to friends and family can be common.  In many relationships, a victim is embarrassed, refraining from disclosing to anyone, even their closet friends they're being abused. A victim can falsely believe they can handle the abuse.  The victim loves the person so much she has a false sense of safety, thinking the situation will never escalate to the point the person will actually kill them, or their own child.

We see this pattern in cases of intimate partner homicide over and over.  There is no making sense of these cases, especially when a father who participates in the upbringing of their own daughter, takes her innocent life.

Everyone who knew the couple will always wonder and then ask my least favorite question in cases of intimate partner homicide; what drove David Johnson to commit murder?

Prayers to the family and friends.

Document The Abuse for anyone involved in an abusive relationship, it contains vital information on how the "EAA"can support each case of abuse from the perspective of the first responder's and advocates, to an appearance in court.  It explains the legal benefits to the abuse victim, whether they are able to testify or not, how their words are forever documented and hold up in court, much like a Living Will.

Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education as a educator and specialist with intimate partner violence prevention strategies directing prevention for high risk situations and cases.

 A national trainer to law enforcement, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals, victim advocates and the faith based community and author.. In partnership with Management Resources Ltd. of New York addressing prevention and solutions within the community to the workplace. Host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show,"Time'sUp!" . She is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Roth Show" with Dr Laurie Roth and a co-host onCrime Wire. Online contributions: Forbes : Crime, She Writes providing commentary about the hottest topics on crime, justice, and law from a woman’s perspective, as well as Time's Up! a blog which searches for solutions (SOS) for victims of crime.

1 comment:

nthwdds said...

In cases where women are ashamed or afraid to tell about the abuse, no worries, the EAA is prepared privately by telling details of abuse in a legal format, by yourself and without having to endanger yourself by telling people that might not be as safe as you wish.
I like the EAA because it has the ability to protect yourself and family and insure justice in the legal system.

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