Today we release our July 2017 – June 2018 Domestic Violence Fatality Statistics
Today, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) releases the July 2017 – June 2018 Domestic Violence Fatality Statistics, including victims of intimate partner violence, bystanders, and abusive partners.
Forty-six people died in Maryland between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 as a result of intimate partner violence. Twenty-six people, or fifty-seven percent, of those who died were the intimate partner victims. These victims included 17 women, two teenage girls, and seven men. Two of these homicides occurred in a same-sex relationship.
Of the 46 people who died, 67 percent of the domestic violence fatalities were caused by a gun. As a result of these tragedies, at least 35 children are left behind without their parent(s).
Five bystanders died as a result of domestic violence situations, including a man who was killed by his mother’s estranged husband, and four individuals who were killed while aiding a fleeing victim, one of whom was an off-duty officer.
Of the 15 abusive partners who lost their lives: 10 men, two women, and one teenage boy completed murder-suicide or attempted murder-suicide, and two men died during police response to the incident.
According to “When Men Murder Women 2018,” an annual report prepared by the Violence Policy Center, 962 women were killed by their intimate partners in 2016, averaging about 2.6 women killed per day in the country. Maryland is ranked 10th in the country in female homicide by men in single victim/single offender incidents, with a rate of 1.58 homicides per 100,000 women.
MNADV will hold its Annual Domestic Violence Homicide Memorial Service on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis to remember and honor these victims.
“Domestic violence doesn’t just affect the victims in the relationship,” said Trisha Gentle, Executive Director of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. “Domestic violence harms the children who witness this abuse, and can often put others in harm’s way; this year’s homicides included a hospital stabbing, a school shooting, and multiple murders of bystanders, neighbors, and even an off-duty police officer. That’s why this year our Memorial Service theme is #ItHappensHere. We want to raise awareness that domestic violence isn’t something that we can ignore or deny; it’s something that is happening every day in our communities across the state. Only after we acknowledge that it exists will we be able to prevent it from happening.”
“The Hogan administration is committed to protecting and assisting victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Maryland,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “Since Governor Hogan took office in 2015, his administration has provided more than $88 million in funding for domestic violence-related grant programs and over 700 grants to state and local government agencies – including law enforcement and non-profit organizations.”
The Memorial Service will remember these victims and bystanders who died, celebrate the survivors, and highlight changing laws to reduce domestic violence, improve victim safety, and provide greater accountability for abusive partners.
First Lady Yumi Hogan and Senator Chris Van Hollen will attend and deliver remarks at the Memorial Service, as well as Lillian Agbeyegbe, a survivor of domestic violence.
“As a mother and a grandmother, my heart breaks for the victims of these senseless tragedies,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “We must work together to protect and empower the most vulnerable among us – by giving the families of victims the justice they deserve, and survivors of domestic violence the chance to rebuild their lives. Working together, we can shine a light on this devastating problem and break the cycle of abuse and violence.”
“Domestic violence takes a terrible — and often — silent toll on individuals, families, and communities across Maryland,” said Senator Van Hollen. “Speaking up about this issue is crucial to helping victims seek help and preventing it in the future. I will continue working at the federal level to ensure we have the funding necessary to support people impacted by domestic violence and ensure that abusers are brought to justice.”
State legislators and other public officials, community leaders, advocates, and survivors will join together to reaffirm the commitment to end violence in our state. The names of the victims who died as a result of domestic violence between July 2017 and June 2018 will be read.
“We hope that the Service will not only honor the victims who have been killed,” said Gentle, “but also motivate all of us to be part of the solution to ending domestic violence in Maryland.”
For more information about the Memorial Service or the MNADV Domestic Violence Legislative Agenda, contact Inga James, MNADV Board President and Executive Director of Heartly House, at 301-662-8800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask that any press RSVP to the Memorial Service by contacting Jess Staskal, Project Manager at MNADV at 301-429-3601 or at email@example.com.
The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) is the state domestic violence coalition that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects on our citizens. The Network accomplishes this goal by providing education, training, resources, and advocacy to advance victim safety and abuser accountability.