Domestic violence in Illinois resulted in 80 fatalities over the last year. This is for the state fiscal year ending June 30, and it’s up from 74 the previous year, according to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which released its FY 13 Homicide Report Wednesday. Executive director Vickie Smith says the offenders and victims are from across the demographic spectrum.
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“Men, women and children – domestic violence does not discriminate. Not by age, gender, race, religious affiliation, level of education nor whether one is employed,” she said. The victims were most often wives or girlfriends of the offender, but also included other relatives, acquaintances and bystanders. The coalition is examining each incident to see how some of these could have been prevented. The report is at www.ilcadv.org/HomicideReportFY13.pdf. It breaks down the homicides by county, judicial district, weapon used and relationship of the victim to the perpetrator. The domestic violence data do not include the death of children if the cause was child abuse or neglect.