A new report out shows domestic violence in the state is still a big problem. Vickie Smith, executive director, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says the organization is examining each of the 80 domestic violence deaths in Illinois in Fiscal Year 2013 to determine if and how they could have been prevented.
“Was there an order of protection issued prior to the killings? Is there documentation of prior criminal behavior? We want to get more details to work on prevention and early intervention to reduce these homicide statistics” says Smith.
Smith says the Illinois Department of Human Services, which uses some federal funds, had stopped payments to domestic violence programs because of the partial government shutdown.