Jump in domestic violence deaths concerns advocates

Pennsylvania has seen an alarming increase in the amount of deaths related to domestic violence this summer.

In a four-week span from June 22 to July 19, 30 people in the state were killed as a result of domestic violence.

There were 17 lethal domestic violence incidents in 16 counties during that time period. Of the 30 who died, 20 were victims of domestic violence, eight were perpetrators who committed suicide, one was shot in self defense and the other was killed in a shootout with another man, reportedly while fighting over a woman.

The amount of deaths in the 28-day period is about triple the average amount. In 2007, there were 120 deaths in Pennsylvania related to domestic violence, averaging about 10 per month, according to numbers provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Full story

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