Resources Library: Homicide & Lethality Assessment

2012 Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Report

Added Tuesday, November 05, 2013 by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Virginia Department of Health is making available the 2012 Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Report. This report examines characteristics and circumstances of those killed as a result of domestic violence in Virginia in 2012. Some focal points from this report include:

• In 2012, there were 117 Family and Intimate Partner (FIP) homicides in Virginia reflecting a 12.7% decrease from 2011.
• Family and Intimate Partner homicide comprised 34.0% of all homicide in Virginia in 2012.
• Social disparities continued to exist in FIP homicide. Black males had the highest rate of FIP homicide, followed by Black females. 
• Intimate Partner Homicide (IPH) decreased for the second year in a row in 2012; and, for the first time since the beginning of surveillance in 1999, both Intimate Partner and Intimate Partner Associated (IPA) Homicides decreased from the previous year.  IPH involved a victim who was killed by a current or former intimate partner; IPA Homicide victims included bystanders, interveners, and other intimate partners killed in the crossfire of intimate partner violence.
• Other Family (OFH) and Family Associated Homicides (FAH) increased 50% from 2011 to 2012.  OFH involved a victim who was killed by an individual related to them by blood or marriage; FAH victims include those killed as a result of violence stemming from a familial relationship.

Basic information about these deaths for the five year period between 2008 and 2012 is also provided in an appendix. This report is also available along with previous years report here.

2014 Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Report

Added Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announces the release of the 2014 Annual Report on Family and Intimate Partner Homicide: A descriptive analysis of the characteristics and circumstances surrounding family and intimate partner homicide in Virginia.
 
This report contains an overview of 2014 data from the Family and Intimate Partner (FIP) Homicide Surveillance Project.  Highlighted findings include:

  • 31% of all homicides in 2014 in Virginia were attributed to family and intimate partner violence.  FIP Homicides decreased from 122 in 2013, to 112 in 2014: an 8% decrease, and the lowest number recorded since surveillance began in 1999.
  • Firearms were used in 54% of FIP Homicides, a 5% decrease from 2013.
  • Despite the majority of FIP Homicide victims being white and female, the highest death rate was among blacks (2.9), with black males dying at a higher rate than any other group (3.3).
  • The highest number of FIP Homicides occurred in the Eastern Health Planning Region (31); Richmond City had the highest number of deaths (12) for any one locality.

Domestic Violence Fatality Review

Added Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by Office of Attorney General

The Commonwealth currently has seventeen local and regional domestic violence fatality review teams. Teams are multidisciplinary, and through stakeholder participation, they review homicides, suicides, and homicide-suicide cases related to domestic violence.  For more information on domestic violence fatality review in Virginia, please visit: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/medExam/dvfr/index.htm

Family and Intimate Partner Homicide: 2011

Added Monday, October 21, 2013 by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The Office of the Cheif Medical Examiner released it's annual report from the Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project in April, 2013.  The annual report is a descriptive analysis of the characteristics and circumstances surrounding family and intimate partner homicide in Virginia in 2011.  This and other reports from the Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project can be found here.

Homicide-Suicide in Virginia 2006-2010: Who is at risk?

Added Monday, October 21, 2013 by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The Office of the Cheif Medical Examiner released a new report in June, 2013, titled Homicide-Suicide in Virginia 2006-2010: Who is at risk?  This report utilizes 2006 to 2010 data from the Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project to answer these questions: who is most at risk for domestic violence related homicide-suicide; and, what relationship characteristics create the most danger for homicide-suicide?  This and other reports from the Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project can be found here.