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Coroner Says Drew Carey's Ex, Amie Harwick, Was Strangled Before Her Fatal Fall Off a Balcony

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By Leena Kollar

Drew Carey's ex-fiancee, a Los Angeles area therapist named Amie Harwick, was recently assaulted and murdered by an ex-boyfriend Allegedly, Gareth Pursehouse forced his way into her home and threw her off the third-floor balcony.

According to an update from the Los Angeles Coroner's office, the altercation happened after Pursehouse strangled Harwick. There were reports of a woman screaming shortly before Harwick fell to her death.

Harwick, 34, had recently filed a restraining order against Pursehouse, 41, but it had expired by the time of the incident. Harwick and Pursehouse dated after she and Carey called it quits. She and Carey had dated for two years and ended their engagement shortly after announcing it in 2018.

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Despite their split, Harwick and Carey seemed to still have a deep love for one another. Carey expressed this sentiment with a tweet, saying, "I hope you're lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did."

In light of the tragedy, Carey has partnered up with a friend of Harwick's, Diana Arias, to start a domestic violence petition. The petition calls for four changes to current domestic violence laws.

Arias and Carey believe that these changes could have prevented Harwick's death, and may save other women from experiencing the same fate.

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The four suggested changes listed on the petition are:

Eliminate expiration dates on restraining orders, require mandatory long-term counseling for abusers, don't require victims to testify in a courtroom near their abuser, and create an abuser registry, similar to that of sex offenders.

Arias begins the petition with a personal message, saying, "Due to domestic violence, I recently lost a wonderful friend, Dr. Amie Harwick. She was murdered as a result of poorly written laws that do not protect the victims and properly punish the offenders. I refuse to let her death be in vain. She was a Doctor in the Mental Health Field and advocate in the community. We need to do the same and advocate for Amie. So I am launching JUSTICE 4 AMIE!"

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Arias also shares some disturbing statistics about domestic violence. The information she shares is supported by statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

According to the NCADV, 1 in 3 women (and 1 in 4 men) experience physical domestic violence by a partner. 1 in 10 women have been raped by a partner. Overall, violence by an iintimate partner accounts for 15% of violent crimes.

Even more disturbing, 1 in 3 women who are murder victims are killed by a partner and 72% of murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners.

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Domestic violence is something that can happen to anyone. And because most of the victims are abused by someone close to them, it's more likely to occur than we think.

One final statistic from the NCADV is that over 19 million women in the United States have been stalked, and 66.2% of the stalkers are current or former partners of the women.

Amie Harwick didn't have to die the way that she did. The Medical Examiner's Office stated that she died of blunt force injuries to her head and torso. After being taken to a hospital by the L.A. Fire Department, Harick was pronounced dead.

You can help honor Amie and the millions of other victims of domestic violence by signing the petition drafted by Carey and Arias. It's already received over 64,000 signatures. The goal is to reach 75,000.

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