Report: 73 Killed by Domestic Violence in Wisconsin in 2016

According to the newly released Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report, 73 people in Wisconsin lost their lives to domestic violence in 2016. Patti Seger, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse WI, announced the release of the report at the State Capitol on Sept. 26. Of the individuals who died because of domestic violence in 2016, 57 were victims of domestic violence homicides, 14 were perpetrators of homicides or attempted homicides who then committed suicide and two individuals were perpetrators of domestic violence who were killed by responding law enforcement. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has been producing the annual report since 2000. This year’s homicide count is above the annual average for that 17-year period. “Each year since we began releasing this report, it has represented for us a time of remembrance and reflection on the lives that were lost and the ways that we can evaluate our communities response to domestic violence,” Seger said. “The advocates we work with witness firsthand the devastation that domestic violence inflicts on our communities every year. This report highlights findings that point to clear warning signs for domestic violence killings that inform our daily interactions with victims as we work to empower survivors and prevent future domestic violence deaths.” The report contains a discussion of domestic violence lethality risk factors. Knowledge of such risk factors can help service providers identify victims who are at the greatest risk of being killed and provide them with enhanced outreach and services. The report is available at

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