New statistics lead to call to do more to prevent domestic violence deaths

Karen Jarmoc, executive director of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Karen Jarmoc, executive director of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)  –  New statistics released by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence show that 222 people have been killed in Connecticut at the hands of an intimate partner since 2000 an average of 14 homicides a year. In addition, 3600 more individuals suffered serious, near-fatal injuries.

“Each of these victim’s stories provide important opportunities for us to view and strengthen a system intended to protect them. The recommendations in this report focus on the key areas of offender accountability, victim resources, healthcare and training, and we look forward to continuing our work with our statewide partners to implement them,” says the Chief Executive Officer of the CCADV, Karen Jarmoc.

The report by the CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee found a trend in recent years in violations of court orders, specifically restraining and protective orders, by offenders in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the homicide.

The reports states that among the 22 homicides, 190 of the victims were women and 32 were men. Intimate homicides make up 13% of homicides in the state with 35% of the parties being married and 30% were murder suicides. The report also states that most of the people involved in are between 25 and 34 years old. Guns were found to be the most commonly used weapon.