2016 FATALITY REPORT

 THIS REPORT IS DEDICATED TO ALL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN PENNSYLVANIA,
 AND TO THOSE WORKING TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.

Domestic Violence knows no gender, no age, no demographic.  It affects us all.  Of the 102 people who died as a result of domestic violence in 2016 in Pennsylvania, 56% were shot.  This is not a new trend.  In fact, over the past decade, firearms have accounted for more than half of all domestic violence-related homicides.  In 2017, the Pennsylvania Coalition drafted new legislation with the goal of reducing the number of these tragedies.

    The Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention measure would require all convicted domestic violence defendants subject to active final Protection Orders to promptly and safely surrender their guns - bringing Pennsylvania in line with current federal law.

    It would also make it more difficult for abusers to access their guns once they turn them in.  Under state law, abusers can turn their weapons over to a third party - usually a friend or family member who does not live with the abuser.  This "third-party keeping" provision was enacted over a decade ago, and continues to contribute to the prevalence of gun-related domestic violence in our communities.  Not only does it lead to homicides, but abusers use this provision to continue to threaten, abuse, and terrorize their victims during the course of the Protection from Abuse Order.  
    
Lastly, the measure would require convicted domestic violence abusers who are subject to a lifetime prohibition on gun possession to relinquish their firearms to law enforcement or a licensed dealer within 24 hours - instead of the 60 day window that's currently allowed under state law.  Think about it.  Sixty days.  What can happen in 60 days?  How many lives will continue to be lost because current state law gives convicted abusers two months to relinquish their guns?  102 lives lost last year...We need your help.  Contact your state legislator to ask for support of this important piece of legislation.

2016 VICTIM DEMOGRAPHICS

0-12 yrs. - 8             13-17 - 1        18-64 - 82            65+ - 11
                              56 Females - 46 Males
                Youngest = 1                    Oldest = 86

57 victims shot        25 stabbed        11 beaten        5 strangled
  2 suffocated            1 burned           1 pushed off a cliff

Tragically, we also lost two heroes from Pennsylvania brought on by domestic violence incidents:

Officer Scott Bashioum - Shot while responding to a domestic violence call.  He belonged to the Canonsburg Police Dept. in Washington County. 

Trooper Landon Weaver - Shot while responding to a PFA Order call.  Landon was a member of the PSP - Bedford station.