When Domestic Violence Turns Deadly

Crisis hotline receives 8,000 calls per month

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    The latest case involves 63-year-old Timothy Danielson who's accused of killing his ex-wife.

    A Lakeside man is in custody accused of killing his ex-wife. This the latest in a string of deadly domestic violence cases to hit the county, some involving children.

    The latest case involves 63-year-old Timothy Danielson who's accused of killing his ex-wife. Danielson was found in an upstairs bedroom, after a suicide attempt and was later taken to the hospital.

    In May and June, there were two separate murder-suicide cases in San Diego. Police first found the bodies of a couple and their two daughters in the pool and bathtub their Skyline home on May 24. The father and mother left a note describing their financial problems. Almost a week later on June 1, a man who committed suicide off a bridge in Chula Vista was linked to the murder of a mother and her 2 children.

    In recent weeks police officials have seen several other domestic violence cases turn deadly involving spouses or ex-spouses, even children. While clinicians are working around the clock fielding calls on the county's crisis line, the program's executive director says many hurting people don't know where to get help.

    The crisis hotline is perhaps a good place to start.

    "A lot of times what’s interesting with folks is they may not reach out right then, but it might be in the future when they really are at 3 o'clock in the morning on the edge."

    The county hotline gets up to 8,000 calls a month. About 1200 of those calls end up going to the crisis line where once again, people are standing by 24 hours, 7 days a week.