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Mental abuse cuts as deep as physical, without leaving the physical scars

By PAT BAILEY

(WKTV) - Friends of murdered 20 year-old Jenni Lyn Watson say the Liverpool woman was emotionally abused by her suspected killer and former fiance Steven Pieper.

The Post Standard in Syracuse has several quotes from Watson's friends stating Pieper was controlling and jealous. Watson had just broken off an engagement with Pieper and tried to end the relationship altogether.

According to Herkimer County Catholic Charities Domestic Abuse Advocate, "Connie," the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic abuse of violence is six months after they end the relationship.

"He loses control, she has some control back in her life, so he may get desperate to get that back and use violence," Connie said. "That is when she is most likely to be murdered or severely injured."

Connie, and other advocates at Catholic Charities, wish to keep their last name anonymous because of the line of work they are in.

According to Connie, the aggressor in a domestic abuse relationship will often try to move the relationship forward, fast, to gain more control.

The 20 year-old Watson was briefly engaged to the 21 year-old Pieper before she reportedly called it off.

"They will push to try and move in quickly or get married get engaged quick, so then you're stuck in that relationship," said Connie.

Steve Pieper has been charged with second-degree murder after Watson's body was found in a marsh outside of Syracuse.

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