Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women releases grim annual "femicide" report

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The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has released it's annual "femicide" report on murders related to domestic violence.

Drawn from news reports because no state or federal agency collects comprehensive data on domestic homicides, it makes for pretty grim reading.

Among its findings:

  • At least 12 women were murdered in cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, or intimate partner.
  • At least 10 children under the age of 18 were murdered in cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was the father, mother, guardian, or household/family member of the child, or the perpetrator was the parent's spouse or intimate partner.
  • At least 2 friends, family members or interveners were murdered in domestic violence-related situations.
  • At least 1 man was murdered in a case where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner.
  • At least 8 children were left motherless due to their mothers' domestic violence murders.
  • At least 3 additional women were murdered by a family member or an intimate partner of a family member.

Here's one story of the many from the MCBW report -- Jody Lee Morrow, 38 years old:

On June 21 at 1:00 a.m. Chad Jamie Gulbertson went to Jody's home in violation of the order for protection that Jody had obtained on June 1st. He killed her by hitting her in the head with a ball peen hammer. Legal documents show that he had physically abused and threatened to kill her in the past. Gulbertson turned himself in to the police later that morning. The police found Jody lying on the floor in front of her wheelchair. The floor and the wheelchair were covered in blood. Gulbertson has been charged with one count of second-degree murder while under a restraining order for protection and one count of third-degree murder. Jody is survived by two sons, ages 10 and 12.
You can download a full copy of the report by clicking here.
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