Police are searching for a Bronx mother of four who has been missing since last Friday and is feared dead.
Tina Adovasio, 40, a nurse, had been fighting with her estranged husband, Edwin Coello, 40, a former NYPD police officer.
Adovasio filed for divorce just a month before going missing. Police responded to four domestic violence complaints over the course of her marriage with Coello.
“As a survivor of domestic violence, it doesn’t look good,” said Tanya Mcleod, a domestic violence survivor and senior campaign organizer of Voices Of Women. “When victims of domestic violence take a stand, that’s when their lives are at high risk.”
The NYPD has a high number of domestic violence calls compared to other major U.S. cities.
“Police officers respond to over 700 domestic violence 911 calls each day in this city,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Chicago, by contrast, receives roughly 500 such calls a day.
Earlier this week, police officer Alain Schaberger, 42, was killed while responding to a domestic-violence call on March 13.
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