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2009 Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Report

Added Monday, April 09, 2012 by Office of Attorney General

This report examines the characteristics and circumstances of those killed as a result of family and intimate partner violence or conflict in Virginia in 2009. Basic information about these deaths for the five year period between 2005 and 2009 is provided in an addendix.

Published: February 2012
Data Included: 2005-2009

This report is a product of Virginia Department of Health's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Family & Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project.  For more information about this project, visit: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/medExam/familyintimatepartnerviolencehomicidesurveillance.htm

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.

2014-2015 Virginia Statewide Needs Assessment on Underserved Victims of Sexual & Domestic Violence

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

In 2014-2015, the Partnership for Community Defined Solutions2 conducted a statewide needs assessment which included a survey of service providers and a series of focus group interviews with service providers and survivors of sexual and domestic violence (SDV) in Virginia. The purpose of these activities was to assess the needs of underserved victims and the barriers they face to accessing services that increase victim safety and offender accountability.  See the full report for a summary of the project, including findings and next steps.

2015 Legislative Updates to Domestic and Sexual Violence Laws

Added Monday, June 15, 2015 by Virginia Poverty Law Center

2015 Virginia General Assembly legislative updates, including a few significant firearms bill vetoes. The bills that passed will become law as of 7/1/15. This Power Point is from a presentation by Susheela Varky to Virginia legal aid attorneys on June 3, 2015.