MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report sheds light on the life and death consequences of domestic violence in Wisconsin.
The organization End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released a study that shows 55 people died as a result of domestic violence in 2013. Thirty-nine people were homicide victims, 12 perpetrators took their own lives and four attackers were killed by law enforcement officers.
According to the report, guns were used in 51 percent of the domestic violence homicides.
Seventy-nine percent of those who committed domestic violence homicides last year were male. The victims’ ages range from 6 years old to 79.
The group’s executive director, Patti Seger, said that on average, about one person a week loses his or her life to domestic violence in Wisconsin.