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Ask police whether the murder is legally domestic violence.

Domestic violence murders are not always charged under the domestic violence statute. In only half of the cases studied were charges filed under the domestic violence law. This can make it more difficult for a journalist to establish that the crime is domestic violence. But if the perpetrator and victim(s) are related as defined by the statute, the case is a domestic violence crime. There need be no prior or documented history.

Media Practice

“The police said both men had been drinking and initially told officers that the injuries were suffered when the victim “slipped and fell on broken glass,” but neither could tell officers where the victim had fallen and there was no evidence of broken glass. When officers got the victim into an ambulance, however, the police said he became irate and told medical responders that Pont had “attacked him over nothing,” grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing the victim in the chest as he sat in a recliner. The police said two witnesses that were in the house reported hearing, but not seeing, the confrontation.” – The Westerly Sun 9/23/20