Homicide Report Released Before Domestic Violence Awareness Month

89 Domestic Violence Deaths in State in 2011 to 2012

Madison— End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence) released a report today documenting the domestic violence fatalities in Wisconsin for the years 2011 and 2012. The release comes one day before the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The group says it hopes the statistics and stories prompt more people to become more active in the effort to prevent abuse.

“Domestic violence is a matter of life and death,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “Over the last two years, we have seen so many tragedies. Some made national headlines, others received scant attention. We hope every story now compels us to do better as a state and nation.”

Homicide Prevention

One section of the report highlights work in two Wisconsin communities to prevent domestic violence homicides.

“Through End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s Homicide Prevention Project, we are working with Jefferson and Outagamie counties to implement policies and practices that should save lives,” continued Seger. “In this report, and in previous years, we have seen that stalking, strangulation and gun violence are key indicators of very high risk for victims. The two counties have put this information into practice and are taking steps to address these risk factors.”

The report directly links stalking to several murder cases and estimates that stalking was a factor in more than half of the homicides

Report Backs up Gun Legislation

The report also notes that guns were the most common method of killing in both years covered by the report. Eight homicides were committed when an abuser illegally possessed a gun. A bill to improve enforcement of current gun restrictions on domestic abusers was introduced in the state legislature last week. Advocates say the bill would help achieve their goal of being able to include fewer names in the report in future years.

Help is Available

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,” concluded Seger. “You are not alone, and you don’t have to live in fear forever. Services are available throughout Wisconsin, which truly save lives.”

Other Statistics

Other data from the report include:

  • 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://bit.ly/DVReport2012.


Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With the passage of the Wisconsin photo ID voting law, there is a lot of confusion about who can vote and how they can vote.  The guide explains how survivors can register to vote and ensure they have the proper documentation to vote.   In this volatile political climate and budgetary climate, we need survivors’ voices and participation at the ballot box now more than ever.   

Hope. Vision. Future. A Plan for Providing Services to Domestic Violence Victims in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse has created a long-range plan for serving Domestic Abuse victims. This document includes an overview of Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Programs, including statistics, services, populations served, and a financial picture. Recommendations address the issues of Economic Justice, Financial Self- Sufficiency, Housing, Legal assistance and Primary Prevention.

2011-2012 Legislative Agenda
WCADV and WCASA Milwaukee Sick Pay Brief

Domestic and sexual violence take a tremendous toll on public health and safety in Milwaukee. This brief, filed by WCADV and WCASA, supports the Milwaukee Paid Sick Days Ordinance which permits victims paid leave to obtain services from these organizations.

2013-2014 Legislative Agenda
Changes to Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance for DV Victims - Dec 2009

WCADV Policy Development Coordinator, Tony Gibart, offers the following summary of how Wisconsin unemployment statutes have changed in response to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

DCF Brochure about Domestic Violence and W-2

This brochure from the Department of Children and Families explains some of the resources and protections available to W-2 participants who are or were victims of domestic violence.  It is to be given to all W-2 applicants and participants. Hmong and Spanish versions are also available. 

Fact Sheets Related to Brookfield Shooting

These two fact sheets cover topics that were implicated by the shootings at a Brookfield, Wisconsin salon on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  They address (1) domestic violence and the workplace and (2) restraining orders and firearm surrender.