Record year in Wisconsin - shame shame
Just got this press release from the Wisconsin Coalition on Domestic Violence...
2009 Record Year for Domestic Violence Homicides in
Spike in Domestic Violence Killings Comes Despite Falling Violent Crime Rate
For Immediate Release: January 6, 2010
There were 36 domestic violence homicides in 2008. Preliminary data indicate that there were at least 46 domestic violence incidents resulting in 59 deaths in 2009. In addition, although statewide data for 2009 are not yet available, local domestic abuse victim programs report unprecedented numbers of requests from victims desperately seeking shelter and other services.
General crime statistics contrast the domestic violence trend. Localities in
Victim advocates say that while the divergence between domestic violence rates and general crime statistics is alarming, it is not surprising given recent economic conditions and the uniqueness of domestic abuse when compared to other crimes.
“While economic turmoil doesn't drive abusers to use violence, financial insecurity prevents victims from leaving abusive homes, meaning the violence continues and escalates,” said
Experts in criminology attribute falling crime rates in part to sophisticated policing methods. But, victim advocates stress that law enforcement strategies that target particular neighborhoods or gang activity do little to prevent domestic violence.
“Unlike other violent crimes, domestic violence typically does not occur out in the streets or in particular locations,” said Seger. “Many law enforcement agencies have stepped up their efforts to address domestic violence, but prevention really requires a community-wide effort to ensure that no one suffers silently in their own home.
“We have to see domestic violence as an epidemic. In 2009 in
WCADV will release the annual Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report for 2009 later this year. The report will contain final statistics and analysis of the killings that took place in 2009. The 2008 report is available at: http://www.wcadv.org/?go=download&id=1179.
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