Suggestions Made to Reduce Deaths Caused by Intimate Partner Violence
Prince George, B.C.- A new report from the BC Coroners Service focuses on prevention of Intimate Partner Violence says too few victims had ever reported suffering at the hands of their partner.
A panel, which included law enforcement, family service agencies, the legal profession and Aboriginal health, examined 100 domestic violence deaths in B.C. which occurred from 2010 to 2015.
The report says that on average, 12 persons died in each of those years BC as a result of injuries inflicted by an intimate partner, but adds the ” intimate partner homicides are a very small piece of the overall picture of intimate partner violence”.
For some victims, there was no prior known history of intimate violence, for most however, the violence was known by friends or family, and for some victims there had been prior police, child protection or court involvement.
Of those deaths, 73 were victims of Intimate Partner Violence, and 27 were the perpetrators.
The panel found that few of those suffering at that hands of their partner reach out for help, and when they do, friends, family or even professionals may not understand the risks or how they can help.
According to the report ( which can be accessed by clicking here):
- Most victims are women aged 20-59
- almost 2/3 of all victims had a known history of being abused by their partner
- fewer than one third had reported the violence to police
- Only 10 had a protection order
- 80% of the victims were killed in their own home.
The panel’s recommendations focus on three areas with the first being increased awareness and education. This recommendation hopes to encourage reporting of domestic violence to the proper authorities.
The other two recommendations deal with providing more support for victims, and data collection.