Domestic Violence Deaths Up in South Bay | NBC Bay Area

Domestic Violence Deaths Up in South Bay

One victim called for a stricter gun confiscation policy by law enforcement.



    Sixteen people died as a result of domestic violence in Santa  Clara County last year -- the highest number of deaths in nearly a decade,  the district attorney's office announced today.

    Two of those who died were Imad Ed Daou and his 22-year-old son  Andrew Daou. On the night of July 26, 2011, Ed Daou shot his son to death  while he slept in the family's Los Gatos home and then took his own life with  a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.

    Ed Daou's wife Carmen and daughter Christina appeared at a Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office news conference this morning.

    Carmen Daou said her husband carried out the act three weeks after she filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against him that  required him to stay away from her and Christina.

    She said the couple had a history of domestic violence, although no charges were ever filed.

    Carmen Daou called for a stricter gun confiscation policy by law enforcement.

    "It is time to take weapons out of abusers' hands," Daou said. "We can no longer allow them to have the tools to cause harm to innocent victims."

    Deputy District Attorney Steve Dick announced a new approach today to mitigate the issue, in which local law enforcement agencies will ask individuals who are served with protective or restraining orders to  voluntarily surrender their firearms and weapons immediately rather than within 24 hours, as is the policy now.

    "We offer this in hopes of keeping all persons listed on the  protective order safe, as well as the rest of Santa Clara County, in possible  future incidents," sheriff's Sgt. Jason Brown said.