Statistics on Domestic Violence Deaths In Maryland

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) released a report on individuals who died as a result of domestic violence during FY 2009 in Maryland.  The report gives us information on who the victims were, their relationship to the offender, their age range, how they were killed, and where in Maryland this took place.

Baltimore County had the highest number of deaths as a result of domestic violence, with 12. Baltimore City had 10 deaths, and Price George’s County had 8.

These deaths grimly reveal the challenge that the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County and other domestic violence agencies face as they attempt, with diminished funding and growing demand for services, in our efforts to intervene and provide safety for the families of Baltimore County.

Click on the more button below to see the full report.

Individuals Who Died As A Result of Domestic Violence in Maryland
July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009

Total Number of Individuals
Females
Adult Victims                                                       28
Child Victims                                                       3
Females who killed themselves
or were killed after committing
murder/attempting to commit murder           1
Subtotal                                                                32
Males
Adult Victims                                                         9
Child Victims                                                         2
Males who killed themselves
or were killed after committing
murder/attempting to commit murder            10
Subtotal                                                                 21

TOTAL                                                                   53

Relationship of Victim to Offender
Wife/Ex-Wife                                           10         19%
Girlfriend/Ex-Girlfriend                        17         32%
Husband/Ex-Hisband                           2           4%
Boyfriend/Ex-Boyfriend                         3           6%
Son/Daughter
or Child Living in the Home                 5            9%
Other                                                           8*          15%
Self (Suicide)                                             8            15%
TOTAL                                                      53         100%
*1 man killed by police; 3 men killed by their partner in self-defense; 3 men killed by their current partner’s ex; and 1 man killed by ex’s current partner.

Age of Individuals
Under 18                                                     5            9%
18-21                                                            4            8%
22-30                                                           11           21%
31-40                                                           18           34%
41-50                                                           8             15%
51+                                                               7             13%
TOTAL                                                      53          100%

Method of Death
Gun/Rifle                                                  27           51%
Knife                                                           12            23%
Strangulation                                           5              9%
Vehicle                                                       4              7%
Physical Force/Hands                          2              4%
Burning                                                      2              4%
Unknown                                                  1              2%
TOTAL                                                     53            100%

Individuals By County
Allegany                        1                        Howard                        0
Anne Arundel              3                        Kent                               0
Baltimore City             10                      Montgomery                2
Baltimore                     12                       Prince George’s          8
Calvert                           0                        Queen Anne’s             0
Caroline                        0                        St. Mary’s                     2
Carroll                           0                        Talbot                            0
Cecil                               2                        Washington                 3
Charles                          1                        Somerset                        0
Dorchester                   0                        Wicomico                      0
Frederick                      5                        Worcester                      0
Garrett                           0                        TOTAL                         53
Harford                         4

To view the full 44 page report from the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, click here.

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