MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- As police continue to search for her alleged killer, described as "armed and dangerous," Karen Bradley's family is asking for privacy.
Police say 33-year-old Karen Bradley was shot and killed around 1:45 a.m. Friday, December 5th near 80th and Bender Avenue during what investigators believe to be a domestic dispute.
Police continue to search for 42-year-old Anthony Bradley, Karen Bradley's husband, in connection with her murder.
Anthony Bradley has a lengthy criminal record which includes dozens of arrests, according to police. Police say he's a convicted felon who is currently on probation for a drug offense. He has convictions dating back to 1990 that include felony drug possession and felony escape from criminal arrest.
Karen Bradley was the mother of three girls.
Sojourner Family Peace Center, which helps victims of domestic abuse, has released a statement indicating Karen Bradley's family is requesting privacy at this time. The Sojourner Family Peace Center is working with Karen Bradley's family.
A statement issued by Sojourner Family Peace Center's Executive Director, Carmen Pitre reads as follows:
"This is a tragic loss and senseless act of violence. Our hearts go out to Karen’s daughters, her family and friends. We hope that Karen’s family is afforded the chance to grieve in private and we ask that media respect their request as they handle this crisis. The role of SFPC is to help families who have been impacted by domestic violence. We encourage those experiencing abuse to reach out to us for help.”
This case has again brought attention to the issue of domestic violence.
In April 2014, Governor Scott Walker signed into law three bills that offer new protections for victims of domestic abuse.
The first puts in place a monitoring procedure to force abusers under injunctions to surrender their firearms.
The second puts “stalking” in the definition of domestic abuse.
The third creates better linkages between law enforcement and victim services providers — which will help officers give victims needed resource information.
Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center helps thousands victims of domestic abuse every year.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest non-profit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin.
Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence to achieve safety, justice and well-being.
On its website, the Sojourner Family Peace Center says its primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence, and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children.
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CLICK HERE to learn more about the Milwaukee Women’s Center.