Domestic Violence is a national crime problem that knows no boundaries—it impacts people of all races, colors, creeds, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientation. It impacts the rich and the poor and the middle class. It is clearly an equal opportunity crime. From 1980-2008, over two-thirds of victims murdered by a spouse or ex-spouse were killed by guns. In 2008, 53% of these victims were killed with guns. When a gun was in the house, an abused woman was six times more likely than other abused women to be killed. The domestic violence problem in Maine is equally stark and tragic and presents one of our most obstinate crime problems. This has been reinforced during my years on Maine's Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel, where we confront the "human face" behind domestic violence and strive to improve Maine's response. Unfortunately, like the rest of the country, women in Maine are far more likely to be killed by someone who claims to love them.
The Federal Government's Role in Securing Justice in Domestic Abuse Cases,
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