B.C. Coroners Service releases report on intimate partner violence deaths

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released a report today outlining findings from a study into intimate partner violence deaths.

According to the report, more than 13,000 people in B.C. every year seek police help to stop physical or emotional abuse from a current or former spouse or someone they dated.

More than 30,000 women and children are affected by domestic violence each year in B.C. On average, 232 women are admitted to a hospital for severe injuries that stem from intimate partner violence.

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The review took place over a period of 6 years. During those 6 years, an average of 12 people died each year from injuries sustained from an intimate partner.

The review found the following findings:

  • More intimate partner violence victims were women (78%) than men (22%)
  • Most victims were women age 20-59 years
  • Almost 2/3 of all victims had a known history intimate partner violence
  • Fewer than 1/3 of all victims reported the violence to the police
  • Only 10 victims had a protection order
  • 80% of all victims were killed in their own home

There were 3 recommendations that came from the report. They are as follows:

  1. Increase awareness and education to improve understanding of intimate partner violence
  2. Strengthen intimate partner violence safety planning and early collaborative case management
  3. Enhance intimate partner violence data access, quality and collaboration

The numbers are even more alarming across the country.

From 2003-2013, there were a total of 960 intimate partner homicides. That is an average of 87 deaths a year. The statistics are from Stats Canada.

When it comes to intimate partner violence and murder-suicides, there were 227 from 2001-2011 in Canada.

The panel investigated the deaths of 100 persons who died in 75 separate incidents of intimate partner violence from the year 2010 through 2015.

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