BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The commissioner of Public Safety in Vermont is calling domestic violence a disturbing trend in the state. This comes one day after the murder of 29-year-old Courtney Gaboriault. Police say she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Luke Lacroix, on the Fourth of July.
"Everybody describes her as a hard worker, somebody that got along with her colleagues. [She] was fun to be with and was an added significant addition of the public safety family," said Thomas Anderson, the Vermont Public Safety Commissioner. "When you have something like this, it's a real kick in the teeth. It reminds you that you can't be numb to these sorts of things. These affect real people and they affect real families."
WCAX News found statistics about deadly domestic violence cases in Vermont. According to the state, between the year of 1994 and 2015:
-50 percent of all Vermont homicides were domestic violence related.
-59 percent of adult-related domestic violence deaths were committed using guns.
-82 percent of them were committed by men.
-52 percent of domestic violence-related deaths were women.
"It affects all Vermonters," said Anderson. "These affect real people and they affect real families. I think for any woman or anybody that is in a situation, where they are experiencing domestic violence, there is a tremendous amount of resources out there. We want to help."
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are organizations you can get in touch with:
-Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-229-7395