Shootings Have Onslow Domestic Violence Shelter Workers Speaking Out

Two shootings on the same day in Onslow county that left a woman dead and another hurt have those who work to keep people safe from domestic violence speaking out.

In the fatal shooting Onslow County Sheriff's Deputies say the victim's husband pulled the trigger. Lawmen say the boyfriend of the woman was responsible in the other shooting.

Junie Christian is the executive director of the Onslow County Women's Shelter and says if someone shows you signs of anger or violence, the best thing to do is get out of the relationship.

He says, "It was either Oprah or Maya Angelou who said when someone shows you who they are believe them the first time. If you're out there now and someone is showing you they're a batterer, they are about power and control and you feel isolated. You feel like, you know, that this love that I have is hurting me and I'm uncomfortable in it. It's time for you to seek someway to get out."

Christian also said, "We've heard the prison I'm in is better than me being on my own outside struggling on welfare or at the mercy of folks that want to help, but the fact of the matter is you can overcome that. What you can't overcome is that final act of power and control over you where someone takes your life."

The Onslow Women's Shelter does have a hotline for people to call anytime at 910-347-4000.