Domestic Violence Fatalities
Virginia: An Action Alliance
The OCME collects official data about family violence fatalities
in Virginia. Their report released in October 2004 is the most
detailed and comprehensive available. For more information,
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/medexam/FIPVRpt04.pdf or call
Dr. Nicole Lee at (804) 205-3857.
In the year 2003…
- 50% of all adult female homicide victims
and 3.7% of all adult male homicide victims
were killed by an intimate partner.
- 57 people were murdered in intimate partner
- 4 out of 5 victims were women.
- 22.8% of the victims were killed in homicide/suicide
events. All of these victims were female.
- A firearm was used in 63.2% of
- There were 25 reports of previous violence. 7 of
the victims had protective orders against the alleged offenders
at some point in the relationship. 8 of
the alleged offenders had previously been arrested for crimes
against the victim.
- 22 of the victims were ending or had
ended the relationship.
- An additional 32 adults died as a result
of a violent relationship between intimate partners. This
category of victims includes friends, co-workers, neighbors
and relatives who were caught in the crossfire or trying
to protect the abuse victim, as well as alleged abusers killed
by law enforcement or others who intervened.
- 67 children saw or heard homicides related
to family or intimate partner violence or found the homicide
victim. This includes intimate partner homicide, intimate
partner associated homicide, child and elder homicide by
caretaker, and other family homicide.
For more information:
Virginia Sexual & Domestic
Violence Action Alliance
5008 Monument Ave.,
phone: (804) 377-0335
fax: (804) 377-0339
E-mail is not a secure form of communication. To ensure confidentiality please call the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.838.8238 (V/TTY).