Domestic violence victims often know attackers


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md., September 15, 2013 –Samir Lababidi is currently facing charges in Montgomery County of second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and other charges as a result of domestic violence that included threatening the alleged mother of his child with knives and physical violence.

Lababidi, who works for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has lived in the U.S. for the last 12 years. 

He was returning his daughter home to his estranged wife, when he forced himself into the home, assaulting the woman while threatening to kill her as well as two other women in the home.

Montgomery County, Maryland crime statistics show crime in the country has stayed steady overall, but there was a 31.2% increase in aggravated assault from 2011 to 2012.

Crime reports show that in Montgomery County, the majority of women murdered during 2006 were killed by a person they knew, while 79% of all rape victims reported being either related or known to their attacker, with 35% of those persons under the age of 18.

The Montgomery County Commission for Women has been dedicated to increasing awareness of relationship violence and spreading the word that most violence against women, particularly younger women, is perpetrated by someone they know.

The Commission for Women has available online a brochure that can be used to discuss Violence in Relationships on line that is available in English, SpanishChineseKoreanVietnamese, and French.

The Women’s Center of Montgomery County will be hosting a “Run or Walk to End Domestic Violence” held in celebration of the life of Julianne Siller, a 17 year-old Spring-Ford Area High School senior killed by 17 year-old Tristan Stahley.

Stahley, who confessed to the crime, is charged with first and third degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime following the alleged stabling of Stahley. Stahley was found stabbed multiple times in the throat and left in a wooded area.

The “Run or Walk to End Domestic Violence” will be held on September 29, 2013.  The 5K run/3K Walk will be held on the Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell Campus on Rte. 202/DeKalb Pike.

Social Media is also taking a role in educating and awareness of Domestic Violence.  Facebook pages, like Domestic Violence No More page whose goal is “Educating People to live peaceful fulfilling lives empowered. This page is designed to educate anyone who is being abused or was once abused.”


Multiple sources contributed to this article including the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Montgomery County Police Reports and Crime Statistics and The Gazette newspapers.

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