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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee's homicide rate is up 96 percent compared to last year at this time, according to statistics from the city's crime maps. 

Milwaukee Police Department's Crime and Statistics Map breaks down year-to-date homicides, assaults, burglaries, thefts and more crime within the city. 

The chart shows by the beginning of May 2019, Milwaukee had 25 homicides. In 2020, Milwaukee has had 49 homicides as of May 4, according to the data. 

In 2019, Milwaukee had a total of 97 homicides. 

"We are aware of the increase. We are taking proactive measures to address that homicide rate. We are concerned mainly with the domestic violence homicides right now," said MPD Acting Assistant Chief Paul Formolo. 

Formolo says the department identified it as a growing issue last fall. 

"Domestic violence is our main concern along with inter-partner violence, sometimes we have relationships that don’t necessarily meet the domestic violence criteria such as boyfriend, girlfriend, so when you put all of that together, we are seeing a spike in that type of violence," he said. 

He said every week the department conducts a review of homicides and non-fatal shootings. 

"The point of the shoot review is to identify the root cause of problems and try to, as a team, develop solutions and strategies to address the issues," he said. 

Formolo said the sensitive crimes division is highly focused on domestic violence and inter-partner relationship issues. 

"We've had an increase in homicide rate since the fall of last year," said Carmen Pitre, CEO and President of Sojourner Family Peace Center. 

Pitre says as of this time last year, there were four domestic violence homicides. So far this year, she says there have been 23. 

"That's a challenge for all of us in this city, that's a challenge for the police department, which is why it's important for us to talk about what's available," she said. 

Milwaukee County has posted a number of resources available for people in a domestic violence situation. 

Pitre says it's important for domestic violence survivors to have a safety conversation with an advocate who is trained to walk them through all of the considerations that need to be looked at around the violence in their life. 

If one of those options is a restraining order, Sojourner Family Peace Center can help. To get help, call 414-278-5079, leave a name and a safe number to call. An advocate will call back and will help process the restraining order online, which is how those are being processed right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"An advocate will call you back and will help you process the restraining order online and help you get it through to the court and the court will make a decision by the next business day about your temporary order," said Pitre. 

To get help in person, go to the Sojourner Family Peace Center, located at 619 W. Walnut Street in Milwaukee. 

To get help for domestic violence, call 211. For information on other domestic violence resources, click here. 

CLICK HERE to view MPD's Crime and Statistics Map. 


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Homer 26 days ago
Who commits violent crime, murder, rape in Milwaukee?

If a White people would just put down their guns, Milwaukee's Homicide rate would drop 0.3%...



Lawrence 27 days ago
There is not much Police can do to stop domestic violence.
Ruth Lawrence 27 days ago
Wrong, like every other comment you've made.
Homer Ruth 26 days ago
What can Police do to stop domestic violence? Be specific.
Ruth 27 days ago
According to our elected officials, these deaths don't matter because they're not C-19 deaths.
Lawrence Ruth 27 days ago
Provide the exact quote and name. Not just delusions.
Ruth Lawrence 27 days ago
It's called "anecdotal evidence." Look it up and then have someone explain it to you. Of course, you don't care about anyone dying from domestic violence, you've already proven that and proven that you're so afraid of COVID-19 you're cowering in your basement until Uncle Tony leads you out by the hand, or is it "by the nose"?
Lawrence Ruth 27 days ago
Enjoy your little delusions.
Ruth Lawrence 26 days ago
Follow the science, instead of your Dear Leader, Evans. You can probably find someone to explain it all to you over the internet or phone so you don't have to leave your bunker. 🐑
Kevin Ruth 26 days ago
totally unrelated and as usual you spew nothing that is factual and accurate -- kinda hard to discuss anything intelligently with an utter and complete moron ... now keep doing the bidding of the 1% ers so they keep making their money
Homer 27 days ago
In Milwaukee, fewer than half of all homicides end in a suspect convicted of a crime.


Bassgeye 27 days ago
Will the extra deaths be considered COVID deaths too? Gotta pad the death rate if you want to keep people hiding under their beds.
Kevin Bassgeye 27 days ago
No ... homicides. Now get out there and protest!
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