New Data Released on Intimate Partner Violence in Connecticut
On average, 14 people die each year in Connecticut as a result of intimate partner violence. There have been 188 intimate partner homicides in the state since the year 2000.
CEO Karen Jarmok said that more than 85 percent of the time, intimate partner homicide victims are women.
"There are always red flags," Jarmok said. "Those are when there is a breakup, [or] when there is some type of court case that is coming up, a child custody case. Quite honestly, when there are those circumstances, the existence of firearms in a relationship where there is intimate partner violence increases the chances of lethality by five times."
Intimate partner violence centers on power and control, and can include not only physical violence, but also emotional, verbal, psychological and financial abuse.
This year’s findings look at the year 2012, when there were eleven homicides and just over 170 near-fatal incidents in Connecticut.