A new report on domestic violence in Wisconsin backs up gun control legislation.
The group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released a report Monday documenting the domestic violence deaths in the state for 2011 and 2012. In those two years, 89 people were killed, which is an average of three per month.
It found women are more likely to be vulnerable at their workplace than before and that more children were being killed.
The report also noted that guns were the most common method of killing, and eight homicides were committed by people who illegally obtained a gun.
The purpose is to show there are fatal consequences to domestic violence.
“What it does is strengthens our resolve and reminds us how vitally necessary it is to continue to expand and to promote the very active involvement of all of our community members to be a part of the effort to prevent violence,” said Shannon Barry, executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.
Around the time of the information gathered for the report, the domestic violence shelter in Madison also saw about a 1,100 percent increase in the number of woman and children put on a wait-list for emergency shelter.
Zoe Coy was shot and killed by her boyfriend at 22, said her mother, Teresa Coy.
“If you hear a domestic disturbance, don’t be afraid to call law enforcement. It could be the difference between life and death. This sure should have changed my daughter’s situation. If someone who overheard my daughter’s disturbance would’ve called, she’d probably be here today,” said Coy.
The group hopes lawmakers will support a new bill to help enforce current gun restrictions on domestic abusers.
The report was released Monday because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.