Although overall homicides have declined to levels not seen since the 1960s in many places, domestic violence cases appear to be increasing, reports Women’s eNews. While the FBI does not break out statistics for domestic violence, state anti-violence coalitions and the Washington, D.C.-based National Network to End Domestic Violence report the increase. Experts say economic hardship is a key factor in the increase in domestic violence across the country.
Last year, Wisconsin had about 59 domestic violence deaths, up from 36 in 2008. In Maryland, 75 individuals were killed in domestic-violence related crimes, up from 52 deaths in 2008. In Philadelphia, where the overall homicide rate declined by 23 percent, domestic homicides were up 67 in 2009.