The Patrick Administration issued a domestic violence public health advisory today to address the rising number of deaths in the Bay State. The number of domestic violence deaths was nearly three times higher in 2007 than in 2005. Public Safety Secretary Kevin Burke says he hopes to stop the trend.
The numbers are startling. One death is unacceptable, but 18 so far this year are truly disturbing. We've begun a process to review and analyze domestic violence deaths with the intent to recognize trends and help law enforcement help victims.
Jane Doe, Inc. says 31 children were directly impacted by domestic violence in 2007. Five children were killed, 13 orphaned, 11 lost their mother, and two lost their father.
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