2011 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Statistics Released


40 Individuals Killed Last Year in 34 Domestic Violence Incidents

Madison—The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) released statistics related to state domestic violence homicides that took place in 2011.  Forty people were killed in 34 incidents. These totals are down from 2009 and 2010, which saw 67 and 58 deaths respectively.

“While we mourn the loss of every life, we are encouraged that the record levels of domestic violence deaths from the previous two years have receded,” said Patti Seger, executive director of WCADV.

2009 had the highest number of domestic violence deaths in the eleven-year history of tracking homicides, and 2010 had the third highest.  In comparison, 2011 was the third lowest year in terms of total deaths and close to the eleven-year average for number of victims. 

The Wide Reach of Domestic Violence

“The statistics show domestic violence’s reach is much wider than violence directly between intimate partners,” said Seger. “Victims in 2011 also included children, parents of perpetrators and in one case a law enforcement officer who was responding to domestic violence. Domestic violence is a problem that affects the entire community, and it requires community-wide solutions.”

Homicide Prevention

To that end, WCADV has recently undertaken an initiative to prevent domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin communities. The WCADV Homicide Prevention Project provides direct support to local community coordinated response teams that are actively pursuing prevention strategies.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The project is using WCADV’s eleven years of domestic violence homicide data to inform its efforts. The data is released annually, immediately before the beginning of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“The names of victims remind us of the life and death consequences of domestic violence. Local domestic violence victim shelters and service providers will hold events across Wisconsin during October to remember those who died during the previous year and to draw attention to this pervasive issue,” Seger said.

Other Statistics

Other data include:

  • Perpetrators of domestic violence homicide incidents were overwhelmingly male--76%.
  • Victims ranged in age from less than one year old to 82. Approximately one in five victims was a child under the age of 5.
  • Victims were from 15 counties across all regions of Wisconsin.
  • Three perpetrators took their lives after taking the lives of their victims. This is the lowest number of perpetrators suicides since WCADV started tracking domestic violence deaths in 2000.
  • Firearms were used in domestic violence homicides more than any other type of weapon or method of killing (46%).

The full statistics are available online at: http://www.wcadv.org/content/resources/2011-wisconsin-domestic-violence-homicide-summary



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.