Report: Georgia Domestic Violence Deaths At 10-Year High

Mar 11, 2016

Despite years of public awareness campaigns, tougher prosecutions and specialized training for law enforcement officers, Georgia continues to see increases in the number of people who die in domestic violence incidents.

A new fatality review report from the state Commission on Family Violence and the nonprofit Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence found 139 domestic violence-related deaths in the state during 2015 –the highest toll in a decade.  The report also found 80 percent of those deaths were related to firearms.

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer spoke with Jennifer Thomas, executive director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, and Taylor Tabb, the Fatality Review Project Coordinator with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about the report.