Group warns about pace of domestic violence murders

Providence, R.I. – Advocates for the prevention of domestic violence warn the state is on pace to see the highest number of domestic violence deaths ever record in a single year.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence says seven people have died as a result of domestic violence so far this year. The group says if that pace continues, it will surpass all previous yearly totals since it began keeping records 30 years ago.

The news follows the weekend murder of Lisbeth Catalan in Providence. Authorities say they have charged Catalan's ex-boyfriend with the crime. The Coalition Against Domestic Violence is reminding Rhode Islanders to dial 911 if they know someone is being harmed or call the statewide Helpline if they think someone needs support.