August 28, 2007
A report done by the Virginia Department of Health says that one out of three homicides involves domestic violence.
The report, released this month, says that 30% of the 496 homicides in Virginia in 2005 were related to "family or intimate partner conflict." Of those 147 victims, 67 were adults killed by a partner and 20 were children killed by their caregivers.
Marcella Fierro, chief medical examiner, says these types of tragic deaths are all preventable. According to the report 80% of the cases were followed by the attacker's suicide.
The report said infants under the age of one represented more than 7% of all homicides, the highest rate of any age group. The report also said that black Virginians were three times more likely to be a victim of a homicide related to domestic violence than whites.