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Murdered Sex Therapist Had a Restraining Order Against Her Ex Who Was Just Arrested in Her Death

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Dr. Amie Harwick, the 38-year-old Hollywood family and sex therapist who was killed over the weekend at her Los Angeles home, had sought multiple restraining orders against the man arrested in her murder, ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse. Harwick was a former Playboy model…

Murdered Sex Therapist Had a Restraining Order Against Her Ex Who Was Just Arrested in Her Death

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Dr. Amie Harwick, the 38-year-old Hollywood family and sex therapist who was killed over the weekend at her Los Angeles home, had sought multiple restraining orders against the man arrested in her murder, ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse.

Harwick was a former Playboy model and Pennsylvania native who focused on psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and sex therapy in her West Hollywood practice. She also wrote ” The New Sex Bible for Women,” which was published in 2014.

Harwick, who was briefly engaged to comedian and ” The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey, worked with victims of domestic abuse and survivors of trauma, and was an advocate for better mental health treatment for sex workers.

Following Harwick’s death, one of her friends started a Change.org petition calling for updates to domestic violence laws. Since its publication 16 hours ago, over 11,000 people have signed.

One in three women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and a 2011 study found that 40% of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.

The restraining orders

Harwick previously sought two restraining orders against the 41-year-old Pursehouse: One in July 2011, which was dismissed the next month for “lack of prosecution,” and another in March 2012, which was “granted after evidence by both” on April 12, 2012, according to filings with the Los Angeles County court system.

Harwick had seen Pursehouse as recently as two weeks prior to her death, police said, and had “expressed fear” about her ex-boyfriend. A friend of Harwick characterized Pursehouse, whose LinkedIn page says he’s a software developer and engineer, as a “stalker.”

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“When they broke up, he didn’t take it well at all,” Rudy Torres, a friend of Harwick, told ABC-7 in Los Angeles. “He’d do stupid stuff and say stupid stuff. You’d tell him, ‘Move on, dude. Leave her alone.’ And he wouldn’t.”

Harwick and Pursehouse lived together for a couple of years a decade ago, friends told the Los Angeles Times, until their relationship “deteriorated” and Harwick filed the restraining orders against him.

Friend Hernando Chaves told the Times that Harwick ran into Pursehouse at a professional event last month, which “seemed to “reignite his obsessive preoccupation with her.”

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