"I’d be alarmed if he did not feel comfortable talking about it," she says. While no one wants to imagine her partner would hurt her, the stats tell another truth: 1 in 3 women will experience abuse in her lifetime, according to the CDC. And when a gun is present in a domestic-violence situation, a study in the found, it raises a woman’s risk for being killed by 500 percent.
Estes certainly hadn’t thought he was capable of murdering her daughter nor could she imagine how he did it. "I knew he never owned one." Besides, Zubko was a Russian national and had been served a protective order.
Neverthe less, Zubko had shot Shayley with a Sig Sauer handgun.
In her deep grief, Estes’s first thought was, This is a question we should all be asking every time a woman is killed by her intimate partner.
More than 8,700 women were shot to death by their partners between 20.
And while violence within marriages has gone down, "boyfriends are becoming an increasingly large proportion of those who commit intimate-partner homicides," says Shannon Frattaroli, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Gun Policy and Research.