The following is from a statement by Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, executive director of Independence House Inc. in Hyannis, an advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence:

According to news reports, on Monday, February 7, Mashpee lost a member of their community to an act of domestic violence, and members of [the victim’s] family lost someone they love. All her potential and future, extinguished by an act of violence. The violence took place in the town of Falmouth, and the person charged with the killing of the victim, Danielle Taylor, is someone she dated, who has engaged in the final and concluding act of power and control by allegedly killing her. Ms. Taylor’s family and friends no doubt are mourning her loss as they try to make sense of something senseless. During this time of grief, Independence House extends sincere condolences to Ms. Taylor’s family and friends.

Sadly, on the same day that Ms. Taylor was reportedly killed, three more women across the United States were killed by an intimate partner. These killings, along with Ms. Taylor’s, draws our attention to the undeniable reality that intimate partner violence is a critical and longstanding, a life-threatening and life-ending, public health, societal, civil and criminal justice problem. A problem beyond deserving of all our efforts and attention as a community, and nationally. We may never know the names of these women (Jane Doe) because their deaths are not reported nationally or even locally, and these killings are not always reported as domestic or intimate partner violence—even though they are.

In the same way, we may never know the details of how Ms. Taylor’s killing came to be, but we do know she did not deserve to have her life snuffed out.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, there is accumulating evidence of an increase in the incidences and severity of domestic violence/intimate partner violence incidents. There is no way to determine the impact of this pandemic on this domestic violence/intimate partner violence killing in our community, but we are certain that the stressors of the pandemic present further breeding grounds to support tactics used by abusive partners or former partners to abuse and control the victims/survivors.

Ms. Taylor’s killing is the second incident of someone being killed in Falmouth over the past two months by someone with whom they had a close/related relationship. The first tragic incident took place on December 26, when Ms. Cheryl Crowell was killed by her 26-year-old son. While this killing was not by an intimate partner, Ms. Crowell was killed by someone she loved. Independence House extends our condolences to Ms. Crowell’s family and friends and affirm that our homes should be places where we are safe.

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