Domestic violence account for third of crimes in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- At least 25% to 30% of the crimes reported in Rockford are domestic violence related according to Remedies Renewing Lives. This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month which is meant to try to help lower the amount of these crimes.

The ICADV’s report states that domestic violence deaths in Illinois are up from last year with 61 people killed so far this year. In Winnebago County alone there have been over 3,500 domestic related incident counts this year although no one has been killed. Law enforcement says these cases are taking up almost a third of their time to address because they have to do a full report on the case. Officials say speaking up is the first step to fix this issue.

“People are more aware that it’s not okay,” says Kurt Whisenand, Lieutenant of Investigations at the Rockford Police Department. “It is an issue that needs to be dealt with and it really impacts that community as a whole and not just the individuals who are involved in that relationship.”

“You know, if there were a culture or community in this world where every single person in their belief system believed that domestic violence was wrong, it wouldn’t happen in that community,” says Karen Gill, Vice President of Operation at Remedies Renewing Lives. “We need to become that community because we’re spending a lot of our tax dollars on domestic violence right now.”

The Rockford Police Department is working on early intervention with victims of domestic violence to get them the services they need to help them get out of the unhealthy relationship and away from the abuser.