Characteristics of Victims and Suspects in Domestic Violence-Related Homicide Rhode-Island Violent Death Reporting System

December 1, 2018 | By Nicole E. Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH Director, Edited By Samara Viner-Brown, MS

Rhode Island Department of Health

Analyzing domestic violence data is key for the practice of domestic violence prevention, and for assisting practitioners in focusing on the highest risk factors. Data from the Rhode Island Violent Death Reporting System (RIVDRS) can better understand the vulnerabilities of victims, the characteristics of suspects, and the multiple types of motivations related to those domestic violence homicide deaths. We utilized RIVDRS data to investigate the characteristics of victims and suspects to provide insight into the nature of these domestic violent homicides.

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