Report: Conn. averages 15 domestic violence deaths

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A new report has found that an average of 15 people, mostly women, are murdered in Connecticut every year by their spouse or other intimate partner.

The sobering statistic is compounded by the fact that there are dozens of near fatalities every year.

In October of 2011, police were called to a home in Hamden where Frances Piscitelli had become the latest woman to die at the hands of her intimate partner or spouse.
      
Her boyfriend was charged with cutting her throat with a knife while her children watched.

In June of that same year, Wendy Warzeniak had met a similar fate in Milford.

A map shows where the 175 intimate partner murders took place between the year 2000 and 2011, the victims mostly women.

The green areas on the map in New Haven, West Haven and Hamden indicate there were between five and ten such homicides during that period.

The authors of the report announced Wednesday that in the last year alone, there had been at least 64 near fatalities in domestic violence incidents, some involving children.

"I recently saw a six month old infant with a depressed skull fracture who happened to be in his mother's arms when his father began punching here, and I saw his eight-year-old brother who was injured by the same batterer as he went for the phone to call 911," said Dr. Nina Livingstone, CT Children's Medical Center.

But much of the damage to children who witness the abuse is psychological and research indicates leads to very troubled lives.
       
What is very clear from the study is that the problem is consistent averaging about 15 such murders every year in Connecticut.
 
"The women who were tragically killed and whose fatalities were reviewed in this report often did not know where to go for help.  We need to change that and raising public awareness can help create that change," said Rep. Mae Flexer, (D) Domestic Violence Task Force.

The 24 hour a day toll free hotline for domestic abuse victims is 888-774-2900.

                                                                                                                                                                                       

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report shows the number of Connecticut homicides caused by intimate partners annually has remained consistent, averaging 15 people killed each year over the past decade.

Between 2000 and 2011, there were 175 such homicides, with 153 of the victims being females and 22 males.

The findings from the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released Wednesday, show 14 women were killed by a current or former boyfriend or husband in 2011. Of those deaths, children were believed to have been in the home during three of the homicides.

There were 18 deaths reported in 2010. Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which released the report, said there were 11 homicides in 2012. The 2012 statistics, however, were not part of this report.

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