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Report Highlights Domestic Violence Fatalities
Over the past 10 years, the Fatality Review Project has recorded the deaths of more than 1,200 Georgians due to domestic violence. Last year alone, 128 victims died in domestic struggles, and already this year, another 34 people have lost their lives.
To spread awareness of this across the state, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence issued last week the 2012 Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report. The report analyzes domestic violence deaths and recommends changes to the system that will lead to lower homicide rates.
Georgia ranks 10th in the nation for men killing women in single-victim homicides, most of which are domestic violence murders, notes a study conducted by the Violence Policy Center.
“Now is the time to learn from these deaths and implement changes to prevent more people from dying," Greg Loughlin, Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, said in response to the final report.
Jan Christiansen, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, urges readers to view the report as a call to action.
"We must join together, as legislators, citizens, law enforcement, faith communities, and nonprofit groups to speak out about domestic violence, think critically about the gaps that exist in our communities, and identify crucial intervention points in the lives of victims and abusers,” she says.
To access the report for free online, or for information visit the official website for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative.
If you or someone you know is being abused, reach out to the community and statewide resources available to you. Call 1-800-33-HAVEN (voice/TTY), the toll-free, statewide, 24-hour hotline, for a confidential place to get help or find resources.