YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman from Youngstown’s east side remains jailed on a $100,000 bond after appearing in court on murder charges Tuesday morning.
Autumn Hines, 19, is accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend to death three weeks ago. Prosecutors say Hines and the victim, Rashad Bailey, had been fighting at the time and had a history of domestic violence complaints between them.
Domestic violence counselors say victims are often reluctant to leave violent relationships.
“It becomes difficult. They become frustrated and sometimes they feel like the only result is for them to fight for their lives. But then, we talk about what is the end result if there are children involved? Now children have maybe lost two parents,” Malinda Gavins of the Sojourner House women’s shelter said.
Gavins said couples in abusive relationships often stay together long enough to pass their behavior to younger generations. Police said Hines and Bailey had two children together and she is now pregnant with their third child.
“Mom was a victim. And now we are seeing the daughter returning as a victim. So staying for what they believe is for the benefit of the children, we know that does not work,” Gavins said.
Police records indicate officers were called at least twice last year because of domestic violence complaints Hines made against Bailey, where she said he punched and shoved her during arguments but she never followed through with criminal charges.
Gavins said Mahoning County has some of the worst records for domestic violence and it ranked 7th in the state two years ago. She said victims are often reluctant to leave their attackers.
“And people question ‘why?’ ‘Why do you keep staying?’ But it is not easy sometimes for them to leave these relationships,” she said.
But for those who do want to leave, Gavins said the shelter offers safety planning so the victims can leave safely. Gavins also said counselors stress education, but stressed that victims need to come forward and seek help before they are either hurt again or they strike back on their own.
“We don’t want you ever to get to that point where you feel that is your only result. We want you to know there are other avenues out there,” Gavins said.