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Sunday, September 30, 2007

[MA] Why couldn't ex-police chief Sabourin reach out for help?

EDITORIAL: Battering knows no bounds
The Sun Chronicle
September 29, 2007
[2 excerpts] The name of a defendant on charges of domestic assault, uttering threats to kill and resisting arrest in Attleboro District Court Thursday was a shocker: Roland Sabourin. He is a former Attleboro police chief of 15 years. An affidavit submitted to the court included an account by his wife, Sara, of 15 years of mental, emotional and physical abuse...
If anyone should have been aware that help is available in spousal abuse cases, it should be Sabourin, who as chief supervised the implementation of new systems of dealing with such cases.
Yet as personal stresses mounted - Sabourin suffered from cancer and was involved in some legal difficulties - he apparently did not reach out for help. Why?

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