The 13th biennial Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel Report was recently released by Maine Attorney General Aaron M. Frey. It features a 20-year retrospective on the progress made in preventing domestic abuse homicides and remaining challenges.

The report addresses fatality reviews completed by the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel since 2018. The panel reviews domestic abuse homicide cases after sentencing or acquittal and domestic abuse homicide-suicide cases after investigations are complete.

During the period established for the review, the panel reviewed 19 cases involving domestic abuse that occurred from 2014 to 2019. Of the cases, 18 were classified as domestic abuse homicide cases and one was classified as a suicide preceded by prolonged intimate partner violence. A total of 20 perpetrators in the cases reviewed were responsible for 21 victims of domestic abuse homicide, one suicide and one victim of serious injury who was a bystander.

In 2018, 19 perpetrators committed 20 homicides, nine of which the Department of Public Safety categorized as domestic abuse homicides. In 2019, 19 perpetrators committed 22 homicides, nine of which were categorized as domestic abuse homicides. Together, the 18 domestic abuse homicides accounted for nearly 43% of Maine’s total homicides during the two-year period.

The Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel meets monthly to review and discuss domestic abuse homicide cases in order to identify potential trends in domestic abuse and recommend systemic changes that could prevent future deaths from occurring in Maine.

Anyone in Maine experiencing domestic abuse can call the statewide hotline at (866) 834-4357.