D.C. Sees Increase In Homicides Connected To Domestic Violence

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D.C. has seen a troubling increase this year in the number of homicides that appear to be connected to domestic violence, an issue Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier addressed in an interview yesterday.

“If you’re in an abusive relationship, the biggest problem is that people don’t think it will turn fatal,” she said on WTOP. “We’re seeing more than a double increase in domestic violence murders, not just of women … but children, as well.”

According to Lanier, 12 women have been killed so far this year, compared to 11 total in 2012, and the city has seen “a significant increase in domestic violence murders.” Three infants and toddlers have also been killed “at the hands of relatives.”

Click here to read the article at dcist.org.