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Family Violence Indicator: Elder Homicides Perpetrated by a Family Member or Caregiver

This indicator reflects the number of elders whose deaths were determined to be the result of a homicide by a current or past family member or caregiver, or whose deaths were precipitated by acts of family violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed at the deceased.

This indicator is presented as a rate per 100,000 persons within the population of elders, age 65 and older, for each year, in each locality. These data are presented as three-year rolling averages in order to address particularly high annual variation in familial elder homicide rates.

Source: Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), Virginia Department of Health

Notes:

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) determines whether a death is the result of a homicide based on a medicolegal death investigation. Homicide differs from the legal definition of murder: any death caused by an injury due to the intentional actions of another is considered homicide. For this indicator, the Family and Intimate Partner Surveillance Coordinator compiled a list of all elder homicides (victims aged 65 and older) in Virginia, as identified through newspaper reports and medical examiner records, and evaluated each case for inclusion based on the involvement of a family or caregiver relationship. Out-of-state deaths resulting from fatal injuries inflicted in Virginia are also included.

Additional information about indicator data and data limitations can be found at: http://www.fact.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Data-Guide.pdf

Data Last Updated: September 25, 2015

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