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Drew Carey Supports Petition To Change Domestic Violence Laws In Wake Of Amie Harwick's Death

Friends of Amie Harwick start a petition against domestic violence in the wake of her death.

Dr. Amie Harwick‘s loved ones are calling for changes in domestic violence laws following her recent tragic death.

The clinical psychologist and renowned “sex therapist to the stars” was found dead on Saturday after falling from a balcony at her Hollywood Hills home. Police who responded to the scene believe the act was murder, allegedly perpetrated by ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse. In the wake of her passing, those who were close to the 38-year-old have asked the public to join their legal fight in helping to ensure other women in similar positions won’t suffer the same fate.

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On Tuesday, Harwick’s ex-fiancé Drew Carey took to Twitter and shared a link to a petition, which calls for an update to domestic violence statutes to protect victims long-term. His tweet said:

“Please sign this petition and chip in if you can. #JusticeForAmie. Thank you and bless you.”

As we previously reported, the request was originally started by Amie’s friend Diana Arias who included this message with it:

“Domestic Violence is a serious concern for everyone. I recently lost a wonderful friend, Dr. Amie Harwick. She was murdered as a result of poor laws not protecting the victims and treating 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.”

Arias continued, speaking more to the greater impact of her proposed changes:

People shouldn’t have to die to make changes. If Amie’s murder can save countless others’ lives like she was doing when she was alive then it makes this pain of her death not in vain.”

The petition’s description included a breakdown of four major amendments to pre-existing laws:

  • No expiration dates on restraining orders unless the victim requests it.
  • Mandatory counseling for the stalker/abuser.
  • Victims not having to testify in a courtroom close to their abuser.
  • A registry of domestic abusers in order “to warn others.

The goal is to get upwards of 600,000 people to sign the document and pass it along to California lawmakers for consideration. If you’d like to support this effort, you can do that HERE.

According to old court records obtained by TMZ, Amie filed her very first restraining order against Pursehouse in June 2011. At the time, she claimed he once pushed her out of the car after an argument, leaving her stranded on a freeway. She also alleged he “choked me, suffocated me, pushed me against walls, kicked me, dropped me to the ground with force… slammed my head into the ground, and punched me with a closed fist.” After that one was dismissed due to lack of prosecution, she filed for another restraining order in 2012 which was granted and lasted for three years, until April 2015. As of two weeks ago, Amie “recently expressed fear” of him again.

A very scary history, which is why it’s so important for these laws to change.

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Aside from this heartfelt and important initiative in the wake of her past with the ex, new details have been released about the circumstances of Amie’s death. The Los Angeles Medical Examiner announced on Tuesday that Harwick’s autopsy had been completed; she died of blunt force injuries to her head and torso. Additionally, there was also reported “evidence of manual strangulation” and the her death has officially been ruled a homicide.

As you might expect, Carey has been going through the difficult stages of grief after losing his former love. Opening up about the loss, he said:

“Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”

He also shared this sweet tribute to his former love on his social media:

Here’s to hoping we get #JusticeForAmie and for countless others out there who so desperately deserve it.

[Image via Brian/To/WENN]

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Feb 19, 2020 10:55am PDT