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Police release information in Cape Coral woman's death

Police release information in Cape Coral woman's death

By Kelli Stegeman. CREATED Jan 16, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 16, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -Police say they are charging a Cape husband with the murder of his wife.

50-year-old Porfirio Rivera is facing a second-degree murder charge for the death of his wife Anna rivera.

On Sunday, she was found stabbed to death in the home they share on Northeast 18th Avenue. Porfirio Rivera was also found in the home with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Detectives saying he tried to kill himself but was unsuccessful. 

That investigation brings to light the issue of domestic abuse and what victims of this crime can do to protect themselves

One anti-domestic violence advocate said most abuse victims go back to the relationship an average of 7 times.

That was the case here, police were no strangers to the volatile relationship between Anna Rivera and her husband 

"Abuse always escalates, it always escalates," stressed Colleen Henderson with Abuse Counseling and Treatment. 

That is what happened here until it ended in murder.

"Porfirio Rivera has twice been arrested by the Cape Coral Police Department on charges of domestic violence battery," said Lt. Tony Sizemore with Cape PD. "Once in August of 2006 and once October 2012. In both instances, Anna Rivera was the victim."

Porfirio now sits in jail on charges of second-degree murder after police walk in on a grizzly scene. 

"Anna's body was discovered on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood," Lt. Sizemore said.

Police say she was stabbed, allegedly by her husband. He too was found injured in the kitchen after apparently stabbing himself. 

"Mr. Rivera was interviewed by Cape Coral Police Major Crimes Detectives where he confessed to killing his wife Anna," said Lt. Sizemore.

Police say they were alerted by Anna's friend who got a call for Porfirio saying he committed the crime. 

So what should you do if you are a victim of domestic abuse? 

"Please reach out, tell a friend, tell the police department," urged Lt. Sizemore.

Henderson says identifying there's a problem can be hard. 

"You get used to name calling," she said. "Then you get used to name calling in front of the kids, or you get used to being shoved or you get used to being yelled at. People that are involved in these relationships may not feel like they are in serious danger."

She says if you're going through this, you're not alone.

"I think the most important thing about any topic is education," said Henderson. "You have to know what your options are."

Colleen advises against couples counseling saying that's when secrets are talked about publicly. 

She also says if you are thinking about leaving a violent relationship, get a safety plan in place ahead of time. 

If you need help just click on the 'Big Red 4' tab on our website where we've listed a link to ACT's website and a 24-hour hotline.