Domestic Violence Homicides in Massachusetts
The bottom line is that we believe—in fact we know—that domestic violence homicides are predictable, and, therefore, are preventable. This bold statement has driven much of JDI’s work over the past six years to address the ways that our systems, services, policies, and practices can help keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable.
For many years, JDI collected the names and accounts of victims of domestic violence homicide in Massachusetts. In 2005 JDI embarked on what has become a central issue for the Coalition: the prevention of domestic violence homicides. You can read more about our efforts in the Works in Progress section. You can also read our latest "Blueprint to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicides."
JDI identifies cases of domestic violence homicide in Massachusetts through a combination of media reports, information from our members, and notification by the district attorneys offices.
JDI considers homicides to be domestic violence-related if any of the following conditions are present:
- The homicide victim and perpetrator were former spouses or intimate partners, adults or teens with a child in common, or adults or teens in a current or former dating relationship;
- The homicide victim was a bystander or intervened in an attempted domestic violence homicide and was killed (including friends, family members, new intimate partners, law enforcement officers or other professionals attempting to assist the victim of domestic violence, roommates and co-workers);
- The motive for the murder was reported to have included jealousy, in the context of an intimate partner or dating relationship;
- A relationship existed between the homicide perpetrator and adult or teen victim that could be defined as exhibiting a pattern of power and control (including family or household members and caregivers).
Massachusetts Domestic Violence Homicide
- Overview from 2003 to 2013 (Year to Date)
- Narratives 2013 YTD: January 1 to December 2, 2013
- Detailed list 2013 YTD: January 1 to December 2, 2013
- Narratives 2012: January 1 to December 31, 2012
- Detailed list 2012: January 1 to December 31, 2012
Massachusetts Domestic Violence Homicide Reports
Authored by Jane Doe Inc., in collaboration with Dr. Mary Gilfus, Simmons School of Social Work and Diane Rosenfeld, J.D., LLM, Harvard Law School
Published December 2006
Media Coverage of Domestic Violence Homicide