Most of us associate Niagara Falls with honeymoons.
But that’s not what people who live there are thinking about lately.
Domestic violence is on the rise in the county, both in frequency and severity.
In one recent incident, a mother was allegedly both stabbed and shot by her ex-boyfriend – after she obtained an order of protection from him.
The ex-boyfriend also reportedly shot two police officers who came to her aid.
Ironically, the attack occurred next door to a church.
In other recent incidents, a husband shot his wife in the head.
And a teenaged boy shot and killed a teenaged girl and then himself.
Local shelters, stretched to capacity, emphasize the importance of having a safe exit plan and a support system in place before leaving a relationship with domestic violence.