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Domestic Violence On The Rise In Wisconsin

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2022 WI Deaths

As of November 15th, at least 76 Wisconsin lives have been lost to domestic violence in 2022. That’s one person killed every 4.2 days. If we continue at that pace, 87 lives are projected to be lost to domestic violence in Wisconsin this year. 13% of victims were age 18 or under. Our website defines domestic violence-related death somewhat differently than the state coalition, End Abuse, WI. We consider sibling and parent/child incidents also as domestic violence, including family cases where intimate partner violence may not have been a factor. We believe that all incidents that happen within a family or intimate partner relationship constitute domestic violence.

Some findings about 2022 from the report: 

  • 84.5% of the perpetrators were male
  • Homicides occurred in 21 different counties
  • 67% of the homicides listed firearms as a weapon
  • More than a third of the perpetrators who used a gun were not legally allowed to own a firearm in Wisconsin

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