Domestic violence in spotlight after standoff, man charged with killing wife


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:01 PM

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(WHAS11) - The issue of domestic violence is in the spotlight after a Louisville man is charged with his wife's murder.

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Around 8:00 p.m. Monday, police arrested 68-year old William Seidl after a 4-hour standoff at the couple's home at 8207 Grandfield Way.

Police say once the standoff ended, they found 69-year old Dorene Ruth Seidl shot to death.

Police say Seidl and his wife had problems in the past and were separated. She had come to the house Monday night to get some belongings.

WHAS11 took a look at the toll domestic violence can take.

For the woman we talked to, a simple walk could turn into tense moments.

A young lady we'll call Rose didn't want us to show her face, but she did want to share her story. She wants others to learn from her.

She says her husband, her high school sweetheart, began physically abusing her a few years ago.

She says he's punched her in the mouth and given her a black eye.

She says her husband went after her child and she says that's when she knew she had to leave.

WHAS11 talked to some who work at the Center for Women and Families.

They help women who've left a violent home.

"One in three women will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. One in six will be sexually assaulted and when we think of sisters, mothers, aunts this is a crime that affects all of us in some way," says Corissa Phillips, of the Center for Women and Families.

The National Organization for Women says every day, four women die in this county as a result of domestic violence.

The Center for Women and Families says a third of the murders of women are by their intimate partners.

If you need help or have questions about someone you know who may be in danger you can call the Center for Women and Families Crisis Line at 877-803-7577.