Domestic Violence Statistics

In Wisconsin

·        In 2000, 25,021 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. This represents a decrease from 1999 when 26,462 incidents were reported.(Domestic Abuse Incident Report for 2000, Office of Crime Victim Services)

·        Shelters provided 132,652 nights of shelter in 2000, 104,998 in 1999 and 101,558 in 1998.(DHFS, Domestic Abuse Program, 2002)

·        In 2000, there were 61,124 hotline calls received.(DHFS, Domestic Abuse Program, 2002)

·        A total of 3,853 cases of suspected abuse and neglect were reported in 2003. This is an increase of 3.6% in reported cases since 2002. Sixteen cases were fatal and 357 were life threatening. Over 1 in 11 (9.3 percent) involved either a fatal or life-threatening situation. (Wisconsin DHFS, Division of Disability and Elder Services, Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care Resources, 2003)

·        49 people were killed in Wisconsin domestic homicides in 2002. 38 were murder victims and 11 perpetrators committed suicide.(WCADV 2002 domestic homicide report)

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In the United States

·        Approximately 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.(National Institute of Justice & Centers For Disease Control, National Violence Against Women Survey, 1998)

·        Approximately 90%-95% of domestic violence victims are women.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings, 1994)

·        A woman is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped or killed by a male partner than by any other type of assailant.(Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Study, 1995)

·        Women are more often victims of domestic violence than victims of burglary, mugging, or other physical crimes combined.("First Comprehensive National Health Survey of American Women," Commonwealth Fund, July 1993)

·        Among victims of violence committed by an intimate, the victimization rate of women separated from their husbands was about 3 times higher than that of divorced women and about 25 times higher than that of married women.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Study, 1995)

·        It is often more dangerous for battered women after they leave a violent relationship. Although divorced and separated women compose only 10% of all women in this country, they account for 75% of all battered women. Divorced and separated women report being physically abused fourteen times as often as women still living with their partners.(Raphael, Jody, Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty, 2000, p. 61)

·        Divorced or separated persons had the highest rate of violent crimes committed by relatives.(Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1990", Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, February 1992)

·        One-third to one-half of homeless women are on the street because they are fleeing domestic violence(U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 1990)

·        3 million children in the United States are exposed to domestic violence in their homes each year.(American Psychology Association, Violence in the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence in the Family, 1996)