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Couple In Darby Murder-Suicide Had History Of Domestic Disputes

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Court documents show the victim of a murder-suicide in Darby was terrorized by her boyfriend, 53-year-old Michael Buckles in the months before he took both their lives.

50-year-old Holly Schick-Lewis even went so far as to file a temporary restraining order against Buckles back in October.

By all appearances, Schick-Lewis and Buckels were a happy couple in the short four-months they dated. That was until their bodies were discovered earlier this week, after what Ravalli County Sheriff's said was a murder-suicide committed by Buckles.

Documents from Ravalli County Justice Court show this was not the first domestic dispute between the two. Documents show Schick-Lewis filed a restraining order against Buckels on October 28, three days after Buckles had appeared on charges of misdemeanor partner or family member assault. On November 5 Schick-Lewis had the order dismissed, and moved back in with Buckles.

"There's a lot of reasons women stay with abusers," said Amanda Opitz with the Missoula YWCA.

She sees these types of cases through the YWCA's domestic violence programs all the time. She said it usually takes more than one domestic violence incident for a person to leave the loved one abusing them.

"With domestic violence, there is a lot of shame people feel, so they don't seek out help, they want to feel like they can handle it on their own," Opitz said.

She said it's important victims of domestic abuse know resources are available across the state to turn to for help.

The YWCA has a 24-hour crisis number for victims to call and a shelter available for people trying to escape their abusers.

"The most important thing for people to know is they're not alone. There are resources, no one should feel like they're on an island," Opitz said.

No domestic violence victim is alone, with more than 2,000 people reach out to use the Missoula YWCA services every year.

"We're here to help. This is a no-judgment scenario," Opitz said.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence just find this story on check out the YWCA's domestic violence programs.

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