89 people in Wisconsin died from domestic violence homicides in 2011 and 2012

LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Over the last two years, 89 people have died, in Wisconsin, due to domestic violence, according to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

That number is down from 116 in 2009 and 2010.

October is domestic violence awareness month; to kick off the month, advocates held a candlelight vigil at UW-La Crosse Tuesday evening.

The vigil was a time for supporters to gather and honor victims and survivors of domestic violence.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin says La Crosse County had no domestic violence homicides in 2011 and 2012.

In Vernon County, Anita Satterlee, was killed in 2011.

Earlier this year, La Crosse lost a couple in a murder suicide.

They were among those remembered during the vigil.

New Horizons said we can help by knowing what healthy relationships are.

"If one partner has control over all the finances if you're isolated from family and friends," Ann Kappauf, Executive Director of New Horizons said. "If your partner is physically abusive to you you're in an abusive situation and seek help because we're concerned about your safety."

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin said domestic violence is a matter of life and death.  They hope their homicide report prompts people to become more active in an effort to prevent abuse.

"Over the last two years, we have seen so many tragedies," Patti Seger, Executive Director, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin said. "Some made national headlines, others received scant attention. We hope every story now compels us to do better as a state and nation."Studies have shown the vast majority of domestic violence homicide victims never sought help from a domestic abuse shelter or service provider."We want every victim who is currently in danger to know that help is available," Seger said. "You are not alone, and you don't have to live in fear forever. Services are available throughout Wisconsin, which truly save lives."Other data from the report includes:

  • Perpetrators of domestic violence homicides were overwhelmingly male. In 2011, 72% of perpetrators were male. In 2012, 86% of perpetrators were male.
  • In 2012, a relatively high number of children were killed by their fathers or other adult male household member. This category accounts for close to one quarter of all domestic violence homicide victims in 2012.
  • In 2012, about half of the homicides that were related to intimate partner violence occurred after the relationship ended or when one person was trying to leave the relationship. This fact demonstrates the separation is often the most dangerous time for a victim.
  • Victims in the report reflected the span of life, from less than one-year-old to 84 years old.
  • In 2011, homicides occurred in 12 separate counties. 21 counties are represented in the 2012 homicide listing.

The full report is available online at: http://wcadv.org/sites/default/files/2011.2012HR.pdf

Steffani Nolte

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