What Has Changed Since the 10th Street Tragedy?

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, April 15 2013 at 5:27 PM, Updated: Mon, April 15 2013 at 6:17 PM

Four children and their mother, Tabasha Criado...all murdered at the hands of husband and father Jordan Criado on July 18, 2011.

But there are still questions: what has been done to heal and make sure something like this doesn't happen again?

It was one of the worst murders in recent Medford history.

"Once a day there's a big fight," said one neighbor.

"You could hear them houses down," said another about the couple's fighting.

"If I knew of anything I could have went over and helped her get out of the situation," said Jadeane Bradshaw, one of Tabasha's acquaintances.

However, in the wake of the 10th street tragedy, has anything changed? Have more people been trying to help others get out of potentially dangerous situations?

In 2011, there were 352 cases of domestic violence. That number shot up to 380 in 2012

"It's something we do in law enforcement every day, multiple times a day," said Lt. Mike Budreau with the Medford Police.

But it's unclear if more people are reporting or if there are just more instances of domestic violence.

"If you think somebody is being a victim of domestic violence, say something or do something. It is an under-reported crime," Lt. Budreau said.

Hours before Tabasha was found dead inside her home, police had picked her up as a missing person. She called them after she heard they were looking for her. Tabasha was reported missing by the husband that would kill her.

Since then, there has been no policy change at the Medford Police Department dealing with missing persons. However, officials said they do ask children they find, questions about their home life. However, when it comes to adults...

"We rely on adults to tell us if there is something amiss in the home," said Lt. Budreau.

But how should our community react to domestic violence to effect change?

The answer is unclear. One thing is certain though, a compassionate community, looking out for one another is a good place to start.

What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page and on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.

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