Gabby Petito case triggers home violence survivors: ‘The video used to be tense’


In wake of Gabby Petito’s demise, each mavens and survivors of home violence are sounding off at the 911 name in Moab, Utah, and the extremely publicized bodycam pictures.  

On Aug. 12, the Moab City Police Department launched a video appearing officials interacting with Petito, 22 and her fianc Brian Laundrie, 23, kind of two weeks prior to Petito disappeared. Moab police have been responding to a record of a “possible domestic violence” incident, Fox News Digital first reported. 

The 911 caller used to be heard telling a dispatcher that “the gentleman was slapping the girl” and hitting her, Fox News showed Monday after solely acquiring audio of the decision. In a next police observation, a witness mentioned, “At one point, they were sort of fighting over a phone I think the male took the females phone. It appeared that he didnt want her in the white van.”

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On Oct., 1, Fox News reported on newly launched bodycam video from a 2d Moab officer who arrived on the scene. In the pictures, Petito instructed a police officer that Laundrie grabbed her face throughout the argument on Aug. 12 however she briefly backtracked and claimed she struck first.

The FBI later showed Petitos stays have been present in Wyoming, labeling it murder. Laundrie has been named an individual of passion within the case, no longer a suspect, and has additionally been reported lacking.

Laundrie circle of relatives legal professional Steven Bertolino instructed Fox News in September, “Brian has been missing for a week.  The family is definitely concerned but we dont want to speculate as to anything more.” After investigators showed Petitos demise, he instructed newshounds, “May Gabby rest in peace.”


The case has been beneath public scrutiny since Petitos reported disappearance on Sept. 11, and the police pictures, which continues to be beneath investigation, has sparked dialog surrounding home violence.

“As a survivor myself, I can’t tellyou how many times I’ve been in that instancewhere I could tell something bad was going to happen”

Ruth Glenn, home violence skilled, CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

In the pictures, Petito seems visibly distraught whilst a peaceful Laundrie describes his model of occasions to police, appearing scratches on his frame from Petito.

“The video was disturbing to us,” Kathryn Jacob, president/CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit company which operates home violence shelters, instructed Fox News.

Petito blamed her “OCD” for the argument, consistent with the video. Officers made up our minds Petito used to be “the primary aggressor.”  

Ruth Glenn, home violence skilled and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence instructed Fox News that she noticed kind of quarter-hour of the video and used to be too “startling” for her to complete.

“Her appearing disheveled and hysterical and really self-blaming, and him appearing flippant and blaming her as well,” Glenn mentioned. 

Neither Petito nor Laundrie sought after to report a police record towards the opposite. 

In the video, police puzzled Petito and Laundrie one at a time after pulling them over at the freeway.

“She knows what she has to say to keep herself safe because chances are, she knows shes going to be alone with him again after this moment, and she knows she will bear the consequences after she leaves PD,” Jacob, who could also be a certified social employee in Tarrant County, Texas, mentioned concerning the video.

Gabby Petito appears highly distraught in Aug. 12 police bodycam video showing the couple pulled over in response to a report of a domestic incident between them.

Gabby Petito seems extremely distraught in Aug. 12 police bodycam video appearing the couple pulled over according to a record of a home incident between them.
(Moab PD)

Its unknown if this used to be the primary incident between Petito and Laundrie.

In the pictures that used to be first launched, one officer will also be heard pronouncing how hes been “married for over five years” and “I get it,” whilst Laundrie smiles all through the alternate.

Representatives for Moab police have no longer but replied to Fox News request for remark in this tale.

Jacob mentioned the blame seems to be put on Petito within the video. Blame is a component of The Power and Control wheel a device used within the home violence box to know techniques abusers use to achieve energy and over sufferers and stay them within the courting, Jacob added. 

“The one tactic that you will see every offender use is minimize, deny and blame making light of the abuse not taking abuse seriously shifting responsibility of the abuse,” Jacob mentioned.

As Fox News up to now reported, some of the responding officials mentioned the incident will also be “more accurately categorized as a mental/emotional health break than a domestic assault,” and that “no significant injuries” have been reported. 

Laundrie used to be despatched to a lodge for the evening and Petito stayed with their van, which used to be transformed right into a camper. 

“As a survivor myself, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in that instance where I could tell something bad was going to happen,” Glenn mentioned.

A flyer of Gabby Petito who is missing, hangs on the door of a store as customers enter in Jackson, Wyoming on September 16, 2021. Photo by George Frey

A flyer of Gabby Petito who’s lacking, hangs at the door of a shop as shoppers input in Jackson, Wyoming on September 16, 2021. Photo through George Frey

Audria Maltsberger, a volunteer on SafeHavens prevention crew mentioned she too watched the bodycam pictures calling it “triggering.” 

Maltsberger, who could also be a helpline coordinator for the nationwide group, Break the Silence, mentioned she and fellow survivors were following the Petito case. 

“Shes downplaying and taking the blame. Hes putting it all on her,” Maltsberger mentioned, commenting at the video.

“We see it on all these stupid shows on TV and so we are desensitized, and so disconnected”

Audria Maltsberger, home violence survivor, volunteer on SafeHavens prevention crew

Maltsberger, additionally a survivor of home violence, went to SafeHaven 14 years in the past together with her 3 youngsters after exiting an abusive marriage.

Now, Maltsberger is helping men and women survivors through sharing her tale and serving to them get out. 

“At the end, it was 12-and-a-half years and it took broken bones to finally be able to get me to leave,” she mentioned. 

“We want to believe that they can change and its not going to happen again,” Maltsberger mentioned. “Unless theres an intervention its going to get more dangerous.”  

One in 3 girls has skilled intimate spouse violence, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and over part of feminine murder sufferers within the U.S. are killed through a male intimate spouse or former spouse. 

Maltsberger calls it an “epidemic” including, “We see it on all these stupid shows on TV and so we are desensitized, and so disconnected. But this is the perfect opportunity to push passed all of that.” 

“Ifyou have a ‘sensationalized’ casenot only does the media and society in general become interested but there’s also awareness that comes”


Matsberger referenced the 2018 Colorado demise of Shanann Watts, who used to be 15 weeks pregnant. Shananns husband Chris Watts used to be convicted of her homicide in addition to the murders in their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. The case gained nationwide media consideration. 

In 1994, after the high-profile O. J. Simpson case and homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson, calls to shelters, police and hotlines soared, the Associated Press reported. In diary entries, Brown Simpson had detailed the bodily abuse she continued. Policy-makers sought new techniques to deal with home violence past sending girls to shelters and providing restraining orders which ceaselessly did little to give protection to them.


Both the Simpson and Watts tales have been retold as motion pictures and documentaries. 

“If you have a ‘sensationalized’ case not only does the media and society in general become interested but there’s also awareness that comesfor victims and survivors of domestic violence,” Glenn mentioned. 

“Unfortunately, what also happens is that [it] is short-lived,” Glenn mentioned, including “Public awareness goes way down. the conversation slowly but surely wanes, and thats really unfortunate because domestic violence doesnt.” 

In February, Fox News reported on an 8.1% building up in home violence incidents throughout stay-at-home orders. The record used to be launched through the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (CCJ) — the usage of knowledge accrued through regulation enforcement companies, well being companies, home violence hotlines, and “other administrative documents.” 

In connection with the Petito 911 name, Jacob mentioned police arent mavens in each and every box, nor are they social staff.

“Theyre public safety officers and we expect them to be trained at a bachelor or master level, in domestic violence, substance abuse psychosis or mental health no one can be a jack of all trades in that way,” she mentioned. 

Jacob mentioned in some spaces of the U.S., sources exist to deal with home violence and are to be had to police.  

For instance, in Arlington, Texas, police may have a certified social employee accompany them to home violence calls, Jacob mentioned. Police in Milwaukee have a identical technique. 

“Its the system, not PD the system was not established to deal with the dynamic of domestic violence”


Jacob collaborates together with her group to spot probably the most prone survivors in our group in conjunction with the offenders who’re possibly to re-offend. “We [work] with law enforcements and others to make sure they dont turn into homicide,” she mentioned. “When they feel safe to do so, theres a warm hand-off between Arlington PD and SafeHaven.”

She went on, “Its the system, not PD the system was not established to deal with the dynamic of domestic violence.”

Memorial for Gabby Petito grows near City Hall in North Port, Florida. Here are some of the heartfelt messages left in her memory

Memorial for Gabby Petito grows close to City Hall in North Port, Florida. Here are one of the heartfelt messages left in her reminiscence
(Fox News)

Maltsberger is hoping for extra equipment and training for police, nurses, medical doctors and households. 

“When I was in the shelter it wasnt just poor women. They’re all races, all professions. It does not discriminate,” Maltsberger mentioned. 

For useful knowledge, seek advice from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence web site. 

If you or somebody you already know is affected by home violence, please touch the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 18007997233 or TTY 18007873224.

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this record.

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