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FATALITIES

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.

2017 Fatality Report: 117 Fatalities

Screen Shot 2018 04 04 at 10.56.12 AM 2017 Fatality Report: 117 Fatalities

One-hundred and seventeen people were killed last year in Pennsylvania as a result of domestic violence. This includes 78 females and 39 males. There were also 47 perpetrator deaths in 2017.

Among 117 domestic violence deaths in 2017, 60% of victims were killed by either a current or former intimate partner.

In the last two years, we've witnessed some of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. In each of those shootings, the gunmen were either accused or convicted of domestic violence, according to the report.

In the last 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died from domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania. Those killed included women, children, and men of all ages, races, and socio-economic groups.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (PCADV) annual Fatality Report has been the single most reliable source for information about domestic violence-related deaths in Pennsylvania for more than 18 years.

Pennsylvania does not have reporting requirements for domestic violence homicides. PCADV compiles its annual list based on news accounts, police reports, and information received from our 60 community-based programs serving all 67 counties.

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 since 2004, at least 1,678 people died as a result of domestic violence-related incidents.

Lethality Assessment Program — LAP

The Lethality Assessment Program is a nationally recognized, evidence-based initiative with demonstrated success in strengthening partnerships between law enforcement and domestic violence service providers. LAP connects victims of domestic violence with life-saving services, thereby reducing domestic violence fatalities.

Remembering the Victims

PCADV invites family members who have lost loved ones to domestic violence to add their photo and name to the Remember My Name memorial.

Fatality Reports


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