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Added Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

2014 Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Report

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announces the release of the 2014 Annual Report on Family and Intimate Partner Homicide: A descriptive analysis of the characteristics and circumstances surrounding family and intimate partner homicide in Virginia.
This report contains an overview of 2014 data from the Family and Intimate Partner (FIP) Homicide Surveillance Project.  Highlighted findings include:

  • 31% of all homicides in 2014 in Virginia were attributed to family and intimate partner violence.  FIP Homicides decreased from 122 in 2013, to 112 in 2014: an 8% decrease, and the lowest number recorded since surveillance began in 1999.
  • Firearms were used in 54% of FIP Homicides, a 5% decrease from 2013.
  • Despite the majority of FIP Homicide victims being white and female, the highest death rate was among blacks (2.9), with black males dying at a higher rate than any other group (3.3).
  • The highest number of FIP Homicides occurred in the Eastern Health Planning Region (31); Richmond City had the highest number of deaths (12) for any one locality.