worldwide, domestic violence takes the upper hand. In families where
domestic violence is present, pregnancy and holidays are often times
when women and their children experience more beatings and abuse.
murdered when they attempt to leave or after they have left an abusive
In her first divorce filing, as well as
in the personal protection order, Christine Keith outlined what she said
was her husband’s controlling, erratic and sometimes violent
behavior. The couple were married in 2003, but just five years later they
were filing for divorce.
Police were called to their Jackson-area home after Randy pushed Christine to the floor, knocking her unconscious briefly.
Christine said they had fought over his refusal to watch the children.
In her petition for the personal protection order, Christine said that
in 2011, they were living in a trailer in Webberville, and Randy was
fired from his job and didn’t work for a year.
had to walk on eggshells not to trigger his abuse,’ she wrote, noting
that she had been diagnosed with depression and believed Randy also was
depressed. ‘(He) stayed in bed for nearly the entire year, only rarely
getting up other than to use the bathroom… At least once a week, he
told me if I ever left him he would kill me.’
Christine said she kept an old cell phone in the house, and told their children they could use it to call 911.