WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- Police continue to investigate the murder of Heather Lynn McGuire and the suicide of Philip Joseph Gilberti on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Before the murder-suicide in Montgomery County, McGuire told police she feared for her life because of her partner, Gilberti.
The emerging story is one of domestic violence.
Everyday, an average of three women are killed by an intimate partner, according to Carolyn Washington, CEO of Sisters4Sisters, Inc., a national non-profit organization focusing on female empowerment and the fight against sexual and domestic violence.
If you or anyone you know is in an abusive or violent relationship with an intimate partner, here is where to get help.
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Click the link above to find help within your county.
1-800-MD-HELPS or (301) 352-4574
Watch Maryland Lt. Gov Anthony Brown talk about his cousin, Cathy, who was murdered by her estranged boyfriend during a domestic dispute in 2008.
Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.
The organization provides crisis intervention, temporary shelter and trauma recovery services.
Domestic Violence Helpline: 703 658 9500
6121 Lincolnia Road, Suite 303
Alexandria, VA 22312
Watch the WUSA 9 story of "Jane" who left her abusive relationship and started a new life after help from Bethany House.
Also, find resources within your county.
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Open 9am - 5pm M-F
Legal Services in DC
E-mail is not a safe way to discuss domestic violence.
Call 911 if you're in immediate danger.
Call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Written by: Elizabeth Jia
9NEWS NOW & WUSA9.com