October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a rising concern in the state of Wisconsin. An estimated one in four women will be abused in their lifetime.
In 2011 homicides happened in twelve counties in Wisconsin. In 2012, there were homicides in twenty-one counties. The 2011-2012 domestic abuse report from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows victim age range was anywhere between less than one to eighty-four years old. A rising percent from 2011 to 2012 shows that male perpetrators went from 72% to 86% of incidents.Investigator Tim O’Neill told WXOW in La Crosse there were 2021 domestic abuse related calls in 2012. He adds, he can only assume there are more unreported cases.
The 2011-2012 report on domestic abuse can be viewed in full detail at http://wcadv.org/sites/default/files/2011.2012HR.pdf. The report suggests key indicators include stalking, strangulation and gun violence. A bill looking to enforce stricter gun laws on domestic abusers is currently being considered.Domestic violence victims are not alone. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin provides shelter and volunteer law enforcement, legislators, and advocates making each victim feel safe.
National Domestic Violence Hotline number is (1 800) 799-SAFE (7233).A list of domestic violence victim services can be found at www.wcadv.org/gethelp.