The wide reach of domestic violence homicide

It’s been 26 years since Pat Pendleton, 72, of Rockport, learned her daughter Vicki was shot dead by her ex-husband. Pat still thinks about it every day.

She shared her experience dealing with her daughter’s homicide – and adopting Vicki’s two children — in a Saturday column: “‘I’ll tell her I did the best I could’: Losing a daughter to murder, raising her children.”

Each year, an estimated 30,000 people are victims of domestic violence in Maine. Even if people don’t experience the crime directly, it leaves a wide path of devastation. People never know when the crime will happen to someone they love and tear into their own life.

“Vicki’s memory never ever leaves my mind and heart,” Pat said.

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