Each year, PCADV tracks and reports on domestic violence-related fatalities in Pennsylvania. "Fatalities" includes both victims killed by the perpetrators and perpetrators who committed suicide or were killed by law enforcement. "Victims" includes all the innocent victims: the intended victims as well as bystanders, children and other family members, and law enforcement officers killed by the perpetrator.
A Grim Toll in Pennsylvania
As diverse as the victims are - from all corners of the Commonwealth and of all ages, races, incomes and educational levels - their struggles often share eerie similarities. Many were attempting to end abusive relationships, seeking legal protections and hoping to obtain custody of their children, while trying to stay safe.
So many of the perpetrators' stories also share eerily similar elements - intimidation, obsession, possessiveness, revenge and refusal to accept the end of a relationship. Firearms are the predominant choice of weapon in domestic violence fatalities in Pennsylvania.
PCADV produces an annual domestic violence fatality report as a chilling reminder of the consequences of unchecked violence and the suffering and loss experienced by families, friends and communities.
In Pennsylvania between 2000 and 2009, at least 1,455 people died as a result of domestic violence-related incidents, a rate that has spiked 49 percent in recent years - from 121 in 2007 to 180 in 2009.
Law enforcement, health care providers, and advocates may use risk factors to help domestic violence victims assess the dangerousness of their abusive partners and create an appropriate safety plan. Fatality review is also a valuable tool for developing coordinated community responses to domestic violence.
- Fatality Report - 2012
3.15 Meg | 9/27/2013
- Fatality Report - 2011
2.58 Meg | 2/27/2013
- Summaries by County - 2012
183.42 K | 9/27/2013
- 2010 Summaries by County
298.84 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2010
957.22 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2009
13.46 Meg | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2008
820.87 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2007
3.6 Meg | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2006
1.38 Meg | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2005
2.75 Meg | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2004
422.29 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2003
3.07 Meg | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2002
201.56 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2001
100.03 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 2000
732.38 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 1999
52.23 K | 2/24/2013
- Fatality Report - 1998
64.93 K | 2/24/2013
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- When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2008 Homicide Data (Violence Policy Center, 2009)
- American Roulette: Murder-Suicide in the United States (Violence Policy Center)
- The Facts on Guns and Domestic Violence (Family Violence Prevention Fund)
- Facts on Firearms and Domestic Violence (Violence Policy Center)
- Fact Sheet: Firearms and Intimate Partner Violence (Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University)