Domestic Violence Deaths Decrease; Abusers Use More Technology

The Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee’s annual report released today notes an increase in the use of technology, against victims.

The new report finds fourteen women were killed by current or former partners in 2011.  That is a decrease from the previous year, when eighteen deaths were ascribed to domestic violence.

Chair Penni Micca says GPS, social media, and new software has been used to monitor victims whereabouts, and their computer use.

“It results in an increase in the use of technology related to intimate partner violence,” Micca said. “It just keeps getting greater and greater as far as the impact on the victims.”

Micca says people who carry out domestic violence are using technology to stalk, monitor and harass.

The report recommends a review of the processes used to preserve evidence, and new training for police, prosecutors, judges and domestic violence advocates, about how this new technology can be used to help or to hurt intimate partners.

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