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Casper Police Chief puts spotlight on resources to prevent suicide and domestic violence

Casper Police Department Chief of Police Keith McPheeters (File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. —  The Casper Chief of Police spotlighted local and national resources for both Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention during a recent press conference in Casper.

Chief Keith McPheeters spoke to press about the police investigation into the deaths of two Casper residents, that police said is a “potential domestic homicide.”

During the press conference, the deceased were identified as 35-year-old Darren Rowe and 33-year-old Deidra Rowe. It was further confirmed by city officials that Deidra Rowe was an employee of the City of Casper Municipal Court.

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McPheeters did not shed any light on the circumstances in the death of the Rowes; but said that preliminary thoughts by investigators was that the deaths were representative of dangers associated with domestic violence and intimate partner violence. 

The Chief said that domestic and intimate partner violence, as well as suicide and self harm, as being a concern for the Casper area public’s health and safety.

“Wyoming routinely has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation,” McPheeters said. “We believe by talking about this issue, instead of stigmatizing it, [it] may help us, as a community, to find a solution to this all too frequent occurrence.”

McPheeters outlined the following resources for both domestic  violence and suicide prevention.

Emergency-

  • Local Emergency Services- 911

Domestic Violence Help-

  • Casper Police Department- 307-235-8347
  • Natrona County Sheriff’s Office- 307-235-8338
  • Self Help Center- 307-235-2814
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-800-799-7223

Suicide Prevention Help-

  • Central Wyoming Counseling Center- 307-237-9583
  • Wyoming Behavioral Institute- 307-457-9312
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

“Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, characterized by one partner’s need to control the other by using a range of tactics. While the frequency and severity of physical or sexual violence may vary, coercion, intimidation and emotional manipulation occur on a routine basis throughout the relationship.

– Physical Abuse: hitting, slapping, punching, shoving, kicking, burning, strangulation/choking, using weapons or other objects to cause injury.

– Sexual Abuse: Forcing a partner to engage in unwanted sexual acts; refusing to practice safe sex; treating a partner like a sex object.

– Emotional Abuse: Name-calling and putdowns; denying/shifting blame; treating a partner as an inferior; threatening to harm self/others or to have a partner deported; abusing children or pets; stalking; using threatening looks, actions or gestures.

– Economic Abuse: Stealing or destroying belongings/money; preventing a partner from getting or keeping a job; not letting the partner know about or have access to family incoming; damaging or ruining a partner’s credit.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

It can be frightening if someone you love talks about suicidal thoughts. It can be even more frightening if you find yourself thinking about dying or giving up on life. Not taking these kinds of thoughts seriously can have devastating outcomes, as suicide is a permanent solution to (often) temporary problems.

Click this link to learn more about risk signs and how to seek help NAMI.org

– If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.

-If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

– If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.”

Casper Police Department statement on Facebook; February 18, 2020