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.
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.