Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project 14th Annual Report
Published by the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Georgia Commission on Family Violence
The Project’s 2017 Annual Report focuses on the problem of intimate partner stalking. The Project identified stalking behaviors in 58 percent of its reviewed cases. Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. In 34 percent of stalking cases reviewed by the Project, the perpetrator had a history of depression. In combination, depression, suicidality and domestic violence can be lethal — not only for the suicidal perpetrator but also for the victim and other family members.
Perpetrators in reviewed stalking cases completed suicide after killing the victim at nearly twice the rate of non-stalking cases. (You can read more about the suicide-homicide connection in the 2016 Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Annual Report, available for download at georgiafatalityreview.com/reports