Georgia: Number of domestic violence homicides rising

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The number of domestic violence homicides in Georgia appears to be rising according to a report released this week. 128 people died in domestic-related homicides in 2012. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence have been studying the fatality rate for 9 years.

Program manager Jennifer Thomas says an overwhelming majority of the cases involved firearms.

76 percent of the domestic violence homicides were firearms-related deaths.

“In 76 percent of the domestic violence homicides, they were firearms-related deaths. We also found that in 43 percent of our cases reviewed, the victim and the perpetrator of that homicide shared a minor child together. And that in 18 percent of those cases, the children actually witnessed those homicides.”she says.

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