Friday, March 6, 2009

Cobb County Man Kills His Wife

Last night, a Cobb County man killed his wife and then turned himself in to police.

Cobb County authorities told Channel 2 Action News a husband has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed his wife.

Police said the man, identified as Robert Caldwell, 62, shot and killed his wife, Sylvia Caldwell, 50, Thursday night in their home.

Neighbors heard several gunshots just after 6 p.m. and called police.

Officers said when they arrived at the home on Glenellen Court, Robert Caldwell walked out and gave himself up.

Officers found the man's wife shot to death in a bedroom.

The Georgia Domestic Violence Media Watch, of which we are a part, issued the following statement:

Georgia’s 2007 Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project reports that domestic violence has taken nearly 600 lives in Georgia in the last five years. In 2008, 110 people died in Georgia as a result of family violence, also called domestic violence. This number includes not only those killed by their intimate partner, but also the children, family members, bystanders, and perpetrators. Although our society has traditionally regarded domestic violence as a private, family matter, the sheer number of homicides in Georgia shows how public this issue truly is. These fatalities illustrate how pervasive and serious domestic violence is in our communities.

The recent death of Sylvia Caldwell is a loss to her family as well as to our community. Domestic violence, which can be defined as one person’s abuse of power and control over his or her intimate partner, happens every day in Georgia. No community or family is immune to it. Domestic violence abusers use a range of abusive tactics to terrorize their partner, from threats, intimidation, and isolation to verbal, physical, and sexual assault. Furthermore, every community must recognize that any domestic violence situation has the potential to end in murder.

We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence in our communities, workplaces, and families. Domestic violence deaths are preventable, if we commit ourselves as a community to making sure that tragedies like this stop happening. A group of us are working towards this goal – if you wait to be part of the solution, join your local Task Force or volunteer with a local shelter.

Your local domestic violence shelter can be contacted 24 hours a day through the 24-hour, statewide domestic violence hotline, 1-800-33-HAVEN (voice/TTY). This confidential and anonymous hotline can provide information to victims, as well as to family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are witnessing, experiencing, or have questions about domestic violence.

We give our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this woman.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sylvia was a loving a mother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed dearly. Please pray for the well-being of her children and the rest of her family at this difficult time.