This document was provided at the workshop titled "Beyond Trauma: A Presentation of Dr. Stephanie Covington’s Trauma Theory and Beyond Trauma Women’s Groups" at the Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Family Violence Promising Practices conference on September 16, 2013.
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.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Virginia Department of Health has issued two new reports from the Virginia Violent Death Reporting System: Homicide Across the Life Course and Homelessness and Violent Death.
Homicide Across the Life Course examines homicides from two viewpoints. First, a longitudinal perspective describes changing homicide rates from 2003-2011. Second, a life course perspective examines how homicide looks for different age groups and how homicide risk changes as we age. This report identifies populations who are more at risk than others, and documents regions of Virginia and circumstances surrounding homicide that can assist in developing targeted responses and interventions to reduce homicide and support healthier communities in the Commonwealth.
Homelessness and Violent Death examines violent death, particularly homicides and suicides, among people who were homeless at the time of death. Violence prevention is a challenge for any population, but it may be especially so for homeless persons whose daily life and poor access to fundamental resources such as housing, safety, food, and health care creates the opportunity and conditions for violence. Their vulnerable status is exacerbated by substance abuse problems and mental health conditions, which may not be addressed in any meaningful way because they are homeless.
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.
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.