Homicide Report Release
by Tony Gibart, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released the 2015 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report.
At least 58 people lost their lives because of domestic violence in Wisconsin in 2015. This is just one of the grim statistics included in the 2015 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report, released by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
In addition to 48 domestic violence homicide deaths, nine domestic abuse perpetrators committed suicide and one individual was killed by law enforcement as he held a knife to the neck of his estranged wife.
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has released the homicide report annually since 2000. The 2015 numbers are some of the highest on record. The organization indicates that a preliminary count of 2016 domestic violence homicides is also significantly elevated. Advocates want to draw attention to the alarming trend.
“The release of the report needs to move us toward change,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “This report shows that domestic violence homicides are occurring with disturbing frequency in the state. The warning signs are almost always present. Our recognition and response to them can be the difference between life and death for our neighbors, friends and family members.”
“Domestic violence homicides are not forgotten. We carry the names of the victims because we carry forward their memories – especially through our collective effort to end domestic abuse in Wisconsin,” said Nancy McCulley, president of the Zonta Club of Madison.
Other statistics from the report include:
Victims reflected the span of life, from 2 months old to 92 years old. The average age of victims was 37 years old. Perpetrators ranged in age from 14 to 66. The average age for perpetrators was 41 years old.
In 2015, homicides were committed in 21 separate counties in Wisconsin. About 57% of the homicide incidents occurred in urban areas, and roughly 43% happened in rural communities.
Consistent with the findings throughout this report’s history, firearms remain the most common means of perpetrating domestic violence homicides. In 2015, firearms were the weapons used in half of the domestic violence homicide incidents, excluding the one homicide by legal intervention.