Handling repeat domestic abuse calls

It was a pattern of abuse that ended in tragedy.

The Trifunovski's neighbors said there were rumors of domestic problems, but never saw or heard any of it.

"It's hard to think that it happened next door, and you knew nothing, and you could do nothing," an anonymous neighbor said.

Authorities were called to the Trifunovski household many times for domestic problems.

New York State Police said sometimes when authorities respond to a call there is not sufficient evidence to make an arrest.

"We try to at least give the victim, before we leave there, some reassurance that if no arrests can be made, there are resources available for them where they are and how to get a hold of them," Trooper Jack Keller said.

Keller said authorities will investigate each case, speaking to the victim and looking for signs of abuse.

He said authorities will make arrests even though a victim does not press charges.

However, in some cases there is a lack of evidence of abuse.

In that case, authorities will connect the person to a "crime victim specialists."

"She is a confidential person, where these people can feel more comfortable. Sometimes feel a bit hesitant about giving, whether it's a male officer or a female officer, feel comfortable about what had happened," Keller said.

The specialist can give the victim support and information that can lead to help and a way out of the abuse.

"Calling law enforcement is there to help you get you the resources that you need. We're going to enforce the law of course, but we're also trying get the victim the help that they need," Keller said.

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