Resources for women in an abusive relationship

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The writing was on Kelly Pease's Facebook wall for quite some time. She posted several references to being in an abusive relationship and wanting to leave. 

On Wednesday, she was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Police are currently looking for her ex-fiance, Steven Denson, as the prime suspect in her murder. Denson has a history of domestic violence, including an arrest for Attempted Strangulation back in January. 

It is very clear from the postings on Facebook that Pease felt like she was in danger and was looking for a way out. Kelly Pease Facebook post

There are many other women in a situation similar to Pease's. We want to ensure they have every available resource for options, including the power to leave safely. 

The YWCA offers help with domestic violence victims through various resources. 

Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence or who has a friend in trouble can call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 509-326-CALL (2255). 

Support teams are also able to provide help creating a safety plan for your specific situation. You can call the YWCA's counseling center at 509-789-9297 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. 

Other resources include: 

For more information, CLICK HERE. 

And tonight on KHQ Local News, their Connect Center will be staffed with experts who can help answer your questions surrounding domestic violence. 

As for the man suspected of murdering Kelly Pease, if you see Steven Denson, please call 911 immediately. 

Denson is a 61-year-old white male from Post Falls.  He is 6’00” tall and weighs approximately 225 lbs with gray hair and hazel eyes.  Denson was last seen driving a 2000 white Nissan Pathfinder with Washington State license plate AVA9015.  

(story:; photo: Tereza Flachova; image: Kelly Pease/Facebook)

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