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The numbers are astonishing! These statistics were taken directly from the National Center for Victims of Crimes (2011):

  • In 2010, violent crimes (against both males and females) by intimate partners totaled 509,230, and accounted for 13.36 percent of violent crimes.
  • Of female murder victims in 2010, 37.5 percent were killed by a husband or boyfriend.
  • Domestic violence victims constituted 25 percent of all adult victims compensated by victim compensation programs in 2009. They received compensation for 40 percent of all assault claims.
  • For 4 percent of adults on probation in 2009, domestic violence was the most serious offense of which they had been convicted.
  • The percentage of female victims (22 percent) of intimate partner violence was around 4 times that of male victims (5 percent).
  • The rate of intimate partner violence for females decreased from 4.2 victimizations per 1,000 in 2009 to 3.1 per 1,000 in 2010. There was no substantial difference in the rates of intimate partner violence for males during the same time period, which were 1.0 per 1,000 in 2009 and 0.8 per 1,000 in 2010.
  • In 2010, in incidents of murder for which the relationships of murder victims and offenders were known, 24.8 percent of victims were slain by family members.
  • In 2008, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, or queer people (LGBTQ) reported 3,419 incidents of domestic violence to local anti-violence programs. Nine of these incidents resulted in murder.
  • In 2008, 51 percent of LGBTQ domestic violence victims were women, 42 percent were men, and 5 percent were transgender.
  • In cases where the age of the victim was known, 64 percent of LGBTQ domestic violence victims were age 30 and over, while 36 percent were under 30.
  • Stalking victims identified their stalker as a current or former intimate partner in 30.3 percent of cases.
  • When asked why they believed stalking behavior had begun, 16.8 percent of stalking victims said because the person liked or had a crush on the victim and 16.2 percent said it was to keep the victim in a relationship with the stalker.

Did You Know?

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
  • 509,230 victims in 2010. Accounted for 13.36% of the national’s violent crimes?
  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime?
  • Only 1 in 5 are reported?
  • 30%-60% of abusers also abuse the children in the home?

In Montana

Each year, approximately five out of every 1,000 Montanans are victims of reported cases of domestic violence – and that does not include those who do not seek help and suffer in silence.

Children Who Witness

  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
  • 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.

Children Who Witness

  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
  • 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.

Homicide and Injury

  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
  • In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.
  • Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury.
  • Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.

Sexual Assaults and Stalking

  • One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
  • Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
  • Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships.
  • 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime.
  • 81% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner; 31% are also sexually assaulted by that partner.

Economic Impact

  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.
  • Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them by current or former husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of violence.
  • There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion.

Reporting Rates

  • Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.
  • Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.

Protection Orders

  • Approximately 20% of the 1.5 million people who experience intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection orders.
  • Approximately one-half of the orders obtained by women against intimate partners who physically assaulted them were violated. More than two-thirds of the restraining orders against intimate partners who raped or stalked the victim were violated.

State Domestic Violence Laws

  • States differ on the type of relationship that qualifies under domestic violence laws.
  • Most states require the perpetrator and victim to be current or former spouses, living together, or have a child in common.
  • A significant number of states include current or former dating relationships in domestic violence laws.
  • Delaware, Montana and South Carolina specifically exclude same-sex relationships in their domestic violence laws.

Stats provided by ‘The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’

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