Domestic Violence is NOT a dirty phrase

Domestic violence is NOT a dirty word! It is a phrase though that is treated like one.  Domestic violence murders is NOT a dirty word! It is a phrase that is treated like one!

  • The majority (73%) of family violence victims were female. Females were 84% of spouse abuse victims and 86% of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend. While about three-fourths of the victims of family violence were female, about three-fourths of the persons who committed family violence were male.
  • About 22% of murders in 2002 were family murders. Nearly 9% were murders of a spouse, 6% were murders of sons or daughters by a parent, and 7% were murders by other family members. Females were 58% of family murder victims.
  • Of all the murders of females in 2002, family members were responsible for 43%. Children under age 13 were 23% of murder victims killed by a family member, and just over 3% of nonfamily murder victims.
  • The average age among sons or daughters killed by a parent was 7 years, and 4 out of 5 victims killed by a parent were under age 13.
  • Eight in ten murderers who killed a family member were male. Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of murderers who killed a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • In 2002 family murders were less likely than nonfamily murders to involve a firearm (50% versus 68%). Parents were the least likely family murderers to use a firearm (28%), compared to spouses (63%) or other family members (51%).
  • Among incidents of parents killing their children, 19% involved one parent killing multiple victims.
  • The most common reason victims of family violence cited for not reporting the crime to police was that the incident was a “private/personal matter” (34%). Another 12% of non-reporting family violence victims did not report the crime in order to “protect the offender.”
  • Among the 2.1 million incidents of family violence reported to police between 1998 and 2002, 36% resulted in an arrest.
  • Among felony assault defendants charged with family violence in State courts, 84% had at least one prior arrest for either a felony or a misdemeanor (not necessarily for family violence), and 73% had been previously convicted of some type of felony or misdemeanor (not necessarily family violence).
  • 45% of persons sent to prison for family assault received a sentence of more than 2 years, compared to 77% of nonfamily assault offenders sent to prison.
  • The FBI accounted for 72% of all interstate domestic violence referrals
  • Of the nearly 500,000 men and women in State prisons for a violent crime in 1997, 15% were there for a violent crime against a family member.
  • Among jail inmates convicted of family violence, 45% had been subject to a restraining order at some point in their life
  • Among local jail inmates convicted of family violence, 55% injured their victim.
  • Convicted family violence offenders made up about 22% of the nearly 86,500 convicted violent offenders in local jails in 2002. Most (60%) of these approximately 18,700 jail inmates incarcerated for family violence were in jail for an aggravated assault
  • Interstate domestic violence offenses: Domestic violence was made a Federal felony in 1994 with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA (Pub. L. No. 103-322). This legislation targeted cases in which an abuser crosses State or tribal lines to violate a protection order or to injure, harass, or intimidate another person. These laws provide recourse for domestic violence cases where movement across State lines makes State prosecution difficult and where State penalties are inadequate. The Violent Crime Against Women Act of 2000 (Pub. L. No. 106-386) amended the VAWA to include cyber-stalking and to remove several obstacles to Federal prosecution.
  • Firearm-related domestic violence: The U.S. Congress also amended the Gun Control Act in 1994 and 1996 to prohibit firearm possession by persons with certain histories of domestic violence: firearm possession by a person subject to a protection order or by a person convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense


You can read the full survey released by the US Department of Justice HERE