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Domestic violence killed 18 men and 18 women in Maryland last year

February 17, 2011 - 11:20 AM
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Each year, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence assembles a grim account of state residents who died as a result of domestic violence, who killed them, and how they were killed. Thirty-eight Maryland residents died as a result of domestic violence in the MNADV's latest accounting period, which stretches from July 2009 to June 2010.

This year, Maryland men and women were equally likely to die as a result of domestic violence, but men were much more likely to commit domestic violence murders. That's because the MNADV counts all deaths that arise from a violent domestic situation—including abusers who killed themselves or were killed by police, and men killed by their partner's exes.

Domestic violence killed 18 women in Maryland last year. Women were most likely to be killed by their male partners: 10 women were killed by their husbands or ex-husbands and seven were killed by their boyfriends or ex-boyfriends; the final woman was killed by her brother-in-law.

Who killed the women

Eighteen men died as a result of domestic violence in the state. Three were killed by a wife or ex-wife, one was killed by a girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, and one was killed by an ex-girlfriend and her husband. Five were killed by a partner's ex; one was killed by his aunt's boyfriend. Five committed suicide after committing a domestic murder or attempted murder and two were killed by police. Eighteen percent of people who died of domestic violence last year died as a result of committing domestic violence.


Who killed the men

Two children, one male and one female, were both killed by their father.

Of all the domestic violence deaths recorded in Maryland last year, 66 percent involved firearms. Eighteen deaths involved handguns; seven involved rifles or shotguns. Six of the deaths involved knives; three involved physical force; two involved strangulation; one involved asphyxiation, and one, an ice pick.

Last year marked the lowest death count the organization has recorded since it began assembling the statistics in 1987. But that doesn't mean domestic violence will necessarily continue to decline in Maryland; over the past 23 years, domestic violence deaths have fluctuated wildly in the state. And as the MNADV says: "we won't stop until there's NONE."

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  1. Cliff Leek Cliff Leek

    Cliff Leek

    Feb 17, 2011 - 01:05:00 PM

    The real story here is that the vast majority of the violence was committed by MEN. So men are both committing most of the violence and dying as a result of our own and other men's violence. Anyone still think domestic violence is a women's issue?

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    Tab R

    Feb 26, 2011 - 03:10:31 AM

    I suspect that most female victims saw it coming whereas most male victims didn't. Doesn't matter though. A victim is a victim. I'm straight and I have to admit that heterosexual relationships are a disaster. FYI- men do not enjoy or prefer being violent towards those they love. I wish I could thumbs down cliff's comment.

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  3. Debra Cagwin Debra Cagwin

    Debra Cagwin

    Feb 18, 2011 - 09:31:32 AM

    I remember some years ago a study that was used to put forth the claim that men and women committed domestic violence with equal frequency. Only when one looked past that surface claim into the details of what was counted as domestic violence did the real picture become clear: the researchers counted every slap or kick committed by a victim of domestic violence in self-defense, or in an attempt to escape from a beating, as an equal instance of domestic violence. Although men were overwhelmingly the aggressors, women fought back, therefore the "headline" always promoted was that men and women committed acts of domestic violence with equal frequency. It bothers me that in this case, the "headline" is somewhat deceptive too. While it is apparently true that an equal number of men and women died as a result of domestic violence, the whole story - that 95% of female deaths were at the hands of current or former male partners vs. 28% of male deaths being at the hands of current or former female partners - is a significantly different story, which is not clear until one looks beyond the headline. And even that may not be the whole story. I wonder how many of those 28% were committed in self-defense? That answer remains unknown from these statistics, but would provide further insight if available.

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