Domestic Violence Surge in Mass. Linked to Shelter Overcrowding

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Massachusetts domestic killings soared 40 percent over the past year while advocates say families fleeing violence are flooding cash-strapped shelters statewide, reports the Boston Herald

“The souring of the economy over the past two years, we feel, is a major contributing factor, though it’s not at all an excuse for domestic violence,” said Toni K. Troop, spokeswoman for Jane Doe Inc., a statewide coalition of more than 60 domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

Over the past 12 months, 21 people, including five children, were killed in domestic violence bloodshed, according to Jane Doe. Three of those people were a relative or friend of the victim. The previous year, there were 15 domestic murders, the Herald notes.


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