She was charged with second-degree harassment and first-degree criminal contempt.
In some cases, it takes multiple instances of abuse before a victim will come forward. Ivancic remembers one case where a male victim came to the police station only after the abuse spread throughout the household.
“The wife had started to abuse one of their children,” he said. “That’s what made him come in. When the wife started having aggression to one of their children, he drew the line. But he was still embarrassed to talk about it.”
Lt. Lori Rank, with the City of Tonawanda Police Department, said another case involved a 4-foot, 10-inch woman that beat her husband so severely with a wooden spoon, he was cut and bleeding from his head.
“It seems to be ‘heat of the moment’ type things,” Rank said. “It’s not like they waited for them to get home from the bar and planned it.”
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