Pinellas County Florida decided in 2000 that they should start tracking how domestic violence victims were dying.

Why?

To quote their report:

to “honor victims and their loved ones as we learn from their tragedies and work to prevent future domestic partner homicides, to raise awareness of the prevalence and devastation of domestic partner homicides and near fatalities, and to serve as a practical tool for those who are in a position to try to prevent domestic partner homicides and near fatalities in our community.”

The fatality review team is a subcommittee of the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task force has been putting out reports of their finding for 12 years.

In 103 cases reviewed in the last 12 years, the Pinellas County Fatality Review team has found 7 prevalent trends…and if we eliminated them, it is very possible we could severely decrease the number of domestic homicides in the community.

I know that not every community is the same, but many of the trends we are seeing is similar to many of the trends we are seeing nationally. Domestic homicide crosses every barrier know to humans, and the people in these partnerships are being killed all the time.  The suggestions in this post have been shown to help.

If you have these things happening in your community, please work towards initiating some of the suggestions that this report puts down.

I present to you the 7 most prevalent trends, and suggestions on how to eliminate them in your community.

1. The victim had no contact with a domestic violence center.

– We need to educate the entire community as to what DV is and what we can do it about it.

-We need to make sure every person in the community knows about the DV centers and what services are available to victims.

– Eliminate the Dv center stigma and know that as soon as a victim has contact with a DV center, their lethality level is lowered.

2. No Batterer intervention Program Refered

– Batterers intervention program is a course that teaches the abusers a different way of thinking.

– Abusers must be shown how their abuse and prior knowledge that ok’d the abuse is WRONG!

– All judges must refer abusers to these programs.

NOTE: This is not an Anger problem, so it’s not an anger control solution. DV is about power and control, and until the abuser realizes that, he will always be controlling and power-hungry.

3. Majority of Perpetrators are male

– We must create an environment and community of equality in all of our members social interactions and connections.

– We must have an ongoing education program to teach children(especially boys) the idea of equality, communication, and decrease the popularity of power and control tactics. This educational process must also include reinventing the male socialization pattern that is so pervasive in our world.

4. No injunction for protection filed

– Injunctions are commonly called “restraining orders”.

– We must utilize these orders to help law enforcement build a paper-trail case against the abuser.

– As soon as someone files an injunction, they are educated as to all of the services and help that is available to them.

5. Abuse of substances was a contributing factor

– Drugs and alcohol must be reduced in the community.

– Drugs and alcohol DO NOT cause Dv, but it increases the severity of the abuse possibly to the level of death.

 

 

6. The abuser had a prior criminal history

– teach people that another individual’s criminal record is likely to place them at risk of future violence.

– Teach people how to access public records in their community.

– Taking criminal history seriously can prevent domestic homicide (especially if a person has abused other people).

7. Other people knew about the abuse

– As a community we must learn to be better neighbors and speak up.

– It’s not “her” problem, it’s “our” problem.

– We are responsible for the safety of every person in our community…Say Something!

 

 

Ask yourself:Was there anything I could have done to prevent the situation? If the answer is yes, do something NOW and become a better person for it – Dave Pelzer.

The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school, and in the workplace – Dame Sylvia

 

 

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