Last week, a 54-year-old woman was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police. She is currently being held without bond after being accused of attempting to kill her estranged husband. She was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault and taken to the Wayne County Correctional Center.
The woman is charged with stabbing her estranged husband with a butcher knife. Police say she stabbed the 48-year-old man in the back while he was momentarily at their home to change a water filter in the basement. After he was attacked he immediately fled to a neighbor's house where police and an ambulance were then called to the scene. The man was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where he was listed in stable condition and expected to recover.
Usually before such a vicious action occurs, warning signs or indications come into effect that could help stop the culminating process of violence. For example, while a husband is separated and in his own home, an abusive wife would not be able to harass or stalk the husband if he had previously filed orders for protection. Such an order could also serve to protect any minor children involved and potentially keep them away from a possibly unstable mother during this time.
Pennsylvania abusers are typically prohibited from any contact whatsoever. Also, they normally must surrender any weapons to police. Had orders for protection been the case for the estranged couple, the man may have never been put in such a position to be harmed.
The report does not indicate if there was a history of violence between the two estranged spouses or if the woman was acting in self defense.
Source: WayneIndependent.com, "Woman accused of trying to kill estranged husband," June 8, 2012