Forty people were killed in 34 domestic violence incidents in Wisconsin in 2011, according to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In 2009, 67 people were killed in domestic violence incidents. Fifty-eight were killed in 2010.
“While we mourn the loss of every life, we are encouraged that the record levels of domestic violence deaths from the previous two years have receded,” said Patti Seger, executive director of WCADV.
Victims of domestic violence homicides in 2011 included children, parents of perpetrators, and a law enforcement officer.
The homicides have been tracked for 11 years. 2011 was the third lowest year for total deaths.
The WCADV Homicide Prevention Project aims to prevent deaths by providing support to local community coordinated response teams that are actively pursuing prevention strategies.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.