A study conducted by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has revealed that nearly 100 domestic violence victims were killed in Wisconsin last year. The victims ranged in age from 92 to a one-year-old child. The study, which aims to raise awareness about this issue, includes a map showing the locations where these tragic incidents occurred. According to the report, 25 out of the 72 counties in Wisconsin experienced domestic violence murders in 2020.
The report highlights specific cases, such as a 51-year-old woman in Fond du Lac who was killed while attempting to break up with her boyfriend, and a man in Kenosha who shot his 20-year-old girlfriend during an argument. Another case in Milwaukee involved a man killing his 19-year-old girlfriend because she had ended their relationship three weeks prior.
Tatyana Jiles, an advocate with an organization that assists domestic abuse victims, shared her own experience of leaving an abusive relationship two months ago. She revealed that she suffered broken bones during her final argument with her ex-boyfriend. Jiles emphasized the importance of bringing attention to this study and securing funding to help victims escape violent situations.
The study also highlights a decline in funding for crucial resources from “The Victims of Crime Act” since 2018. Monique Minkens, the Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, expressed concern over the decreasing number of programs receiving funding. She noted that while there were 135 funded programs across the state in the past, by 2024, that number is expected to decrease to only 52.
For more details, the full report by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin can be accessed at this link.