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Tom Callan reportingThe murder-suicide of four people in South Salt Lake City raises the question of whether there were any legal options that could have saved the lives of the victims.
If a potential victim of abuse remains silent when the police knock on the door, there is very little the legal system can do to help.
"If no one there reports a crime, the police have very limited options," said attorney Greg Skordas.
He says police usually interview boyfriend and girlfriend, or husband and wife, separately and will offer contact information. "The local rape crisis center, the domestic violence counselors, the YWCA, places she can go," Skordas said.
Silence might be the golden rule, but not when your life might be in danger from someone close to you.