MNADV releases July 2016-June 2017 Domestic Violence Fatality Statistics
Today, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) releases the July 2016 – June 2017 Domestic Violence Fatality Statistics, including victims of intimate partner violence, bystanders, and abusive partners who completed suicide or were killed. Detailed charts are available here, and individual graphics are available on the right hand side of this page.
Forty-six (46) people died in Maryland between July 2016 and June 2017 as a result of intimate partner violence.
This is a 16% decrease in homicides from last year. Of the 46 people who died, sixty-seven percent (67%) or 31 of the domestic violence fatalities involved the use of a gun. As a result of these tragedies, at least 22 children left behind.
Thirty-one (31) people who died were victims. 26 victims (84%) were killed by their intimate partner. These victims included 23 women and 3 men. Two (2) of these homicides occurred in a same-sex relationship. Five (5) bystanders died as a result of domestic violence situations, including one woman who was killed by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, one man who was killed by his girlfriend’s estranged husband, and 3 people who were killed by their father, ages 19, 17, and 4.
Of the 15 abusive partners who lost their lives, 11 men completed suicide-murder or attempted murder-suicide; 2 men died during police response to the incident; 1 man was killed by his victim’s son; and 1 man completed suicide after assaulting his girlfriend.
MNADV will hold its 30th Annual Domestic Violence Memorial Service on Monday, February 12, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis. The Memorial Service will remember these 31 victims who died as a result of domestic violence during the past year, celebrate the survivors, and focus attention on changing laws to reduce domestic violence, improve victim safety, and provide greater abuser accountability.
The Memorial Service heightens awareness of domestic violence and reminds the community of the terrible toll that domestic violence takes each year on families in Maryland. It also focuses on positive actions that can prevent future tragedies. The event will include remarks from a survivor on the effects of an abusive relationship on her life and the importance of domestic violence services in Maryland.
The event will also include remarks by Dave Sargent, developer of two nationally-recognized model projects: Maryland’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams, which are established in 18 of the 24 Maryland jurisdictions, and the Lethality Assessment Program – Maryland Model (LAP), an innovative program, recognized as a promising practice by the federal government, and implemented in Maryland counties and 37 states.
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 2016 and June 2017 will be read.
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
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.