When domestic violence stats show up on paper, the results are more than what you might expect.
Domestic violence most often happens behind closed doors, making it appear that it happens less often than what it actually does.
This evidence points to not only a growing awareness to help battle this issue but more of a concern on taking care of these victims.
Too many of these victims are left without any help that they desperately need because many states don’t have the funding or the resources to account for all of these cases.
Certain states don’t take domestic violence as seriously as they should, and victims are left without any real resolution.
Here’s a closer look at the nation’s domestic violence statistics and then a state-by-state statistics that just might shock you.
Domestic Violence Statistics, US
America has some pretty alarming statistics concerning intimate partner domestic violence. Here are some of those facts. Every day, there are almost 20 people a minute that are physically abused by someone close to them.
That comes to about 10 million women and men a year that are victims of domestic violence.
As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men face severe domestic violence from an intimate partner, resulting in injury, stress disorders, contracting sexually transmitted diseases and many other devastating results.
On an average day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls that are made to domestic violence hotlines across the nation.
Domestic violence concerning intimate partner accounts for 15% of all violent crimes.
When there’s the presence of a gun in the home, the risk of homicide is increased by over 500% where domestic violence is taking place.
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men at some point in their lives, will feel threatened or fearful that they may be harmed or killed while being stalked by a past intimate partner.
As few as 34% of victims ever receive medical treatment for their injuries caused by their intimate partner.
State-by-State Statistics on Domestic Violence
It’s important to see some of the state facts in regard to domestic violence. Some of these facts may actually surprise you!
As many as 31% of women and 26.9% of men in the state of Alabama experience domestic violence that’s been caused by an intimate partner.
Intimate partner violence accounted for 16% of all domestic violence crimes.
In 15% of those cases, a firearm was used one way or another.
24 of those domestic violence crimes resulted in homicide in 2013.
In 2013, there were 2,872 domestic violence aggravated assaults and 32, 587 domestic violence simple assaults that took place.
There are studies that have shown that just about 50% of English-speaking adult women in the state of Alaska have faced intimate partner or sexual violence at one point or another.
These numbers get even uglier amongst American Indian/ Alaska Native women, were around 84% experience some form of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime.
Alaska leads the nation with the highest homicide rate of female victims killed by a male perpetrator.
As many as 36.5% of women and 27.1% of men experience some form of domestic violence from an intimate partner.
The state of Arizona only recognizes 1st and 2nd-time offenders of domestic violence is only flagged. It’s not until the 3rd offense that they are charged with domestic violence. The most common sentence for this was probation.
In 2014, there were 109 deaths that were related to domestic violence.
Back in 2012, Arizona ranked 8th nationally for femicides per capita.
37.3% of women and 35.6% of men living in the state of Arkansas will experience intimate partner domestic violence at one time or another.
In just one day, 453 domestic violence victims were being served by shelters and other programs in the state of Arkansas.
As many as 18.6% of Arkansas women will be stalked by another individual at some point in their lifetime.
Every 56 minutes, another forcible rape is happening in the state of California.
In 2007, California experienced 174, 649 domestic violence cases, where a lot of them went unreported. Nearly 40% of those situations involved a deadly weapon.
When guns were found to be in the home that was experiencing domestic violence, a startling 64.5% of the victims claimed the gun was used against them.
In just a single day, as many as 5,800 women and children were being served in domestic violence shelters scattered all throughout the state.
In 2014, 25 Colorado residents were killed by an intimate partner and nearly 70% of those cases a gun was found to be the weapon of choice.
Back in 2014, there were 904 victims being served at domestic violence programs, but nearly 163 had to be turned away because there weren’t enough resources to accommodate them.
Around 325,000 Colorado residents have been the victim of stalking.
In the state of Connecticut, just about 32.9% of women and 33.9% of men have experienced intimate partner domestic violence at some point.
An astonishing 1 in 3 criminal court cases has found to be situations of family violence.
In just one year, Connecticut’s relief programs served 46,750 victims of domestic violence.
34.9% of women and 36.7% of men in the state of Delaware will experience domestic violence in some form at one point during their lifetime.
27,014 incidents of domestic violence were reported back in 2012.
Nearly everyday, domestic violence services have to turn away an average of 30 victims due to lack of resources.
Between the years 2003 and 2012, 74 women became victims of homicide. 25 of them were domestic violence-related.
There were as many as 108,030 domestic violence incidents that took place during 2013. Many cases remained unreported.
Back in 2013, 170 residents that were living in the state of Florida were killed by domestic violence.
From 2006 to 2012, guns were used 56% of the time concerning domestic violence homicide.
35.1% women and 39.9% of men living in the state of Georgia, experience some form of domestic violence at some point during their lifetime.
During 2014, there were 117 Georgia residents that lost their lives due to domestic violence. In 29% of these situations, their children witnessed the murder of their parents.
There are 27 counties in the state of Georgia that have no domestic violence services and another 26 counties that are extremely limited.
35.7% of women and 21.8% of men living in Hawaii, experience domestic violence at some point during their lifetime.
An average of 1 in 7 Hawaiian women are raped at some point.
As many as 41% of all domestic violence programs are understaffed or don’t receive enough funding, or both.
In 2012, less than 2% of all intimate partner domestic violence incidents were reported to police in the state of Idaho, and 0% concerning sexual abuse.
Between 2003 and 2012, nearly 69% of all domestic violence homicides used a firearm.
The Idaho court system dismissed around 37% of misdemeanor domestic violence charges and right around 31% of felony domestic violence charges in 2013.
37.7% of women and 25.7% of men living in the state of Illinois have experienced some type of domestic violence at one point or another.
There were 65,800 reported intimate partner violence incidents that took place in 2014. Several others went unreported.
Between 2013 and 2014, the state of Illinois experienced 84 deaths that were due to domestic violence. 15 of them happened to be children.
40.4% of women and 26.8% of men that live in the state of Indiana will experience domestic violence at some point during their lifetime.
Well over half of all the domestic violence homicides in the state of Indiana were committed with a gun.
On any given day, there are about 1,807 victims/survivors being served by domestic violence programs and nearly 182 of them did not have their needs met due to lack of resources.
31.3% of women and 19.6% of men living in the state of Iowa have been the victims of domestic violence at one time or another.
There were 6,628 domestic violence cases that were reported to the police back in 2011. Many others did not get reported.
There have been researchers that have estimated that around 55,340 people living in the state of Iowa, experienced sexual violence in 2009.
29% of women and 23% of men living in the state of Kansas experience domestic violence at one time or another.
There were 23,508 domestic violence incidents that were reported to the police back in 2013. Not every agency reported their numbers to the state, so this number is much lower than the actual incidents.
Between 2003 and 2012, over half of all Kansas domestic violence homicides were found to have had a firearm involved.
37.5% of Kentucky women and 31% of men living in the state of Kentucky have experienced domestic violence in one form or another, at some point during their lifetime.
As many as 1 in 9 women living in the state of Kentucky have been the victim of forcible rape.
Between 2013 and 2014, there were programs that provided bed-nights for 119,718 victims. An eye-opening 45% of those individuals were children.
33.4% of women and 28.4% of men that live in the state of Louisiana have experienced some form of domestic violence at one time or another.
81% of all female homicides that are due to domestic violence are found to be done by a partner or an ex-partner.
Louisiana ranked 4th in the nation back in 2010 for female homicide. Around two-thirds of those cases involved the use of firearms.
36.6% of women and 26.7% of men that live in the state of Maine have dealt with domestic violence at one time or another.
There were 5,487 domestic violence incidents that were reported to the police back in 2013. Only 17.4% of the time were any arrests made.
There were 439 victims that were served at one of Maine’s eight domestic violence relief programs on a particular day. 55 had to be turned away due to lack of resources.
42.1% of women and 27.2% of men living in the state of Maryland will experience some form of domestic abuse throughout their lifetime.
In 2012, 50 people lost their lives due to domestic violence in the state of Maryland.
On one particular day, there were as many as 1,085 victims being served at domestic violence programs. 160 had to be turned away because they simply didn’t have the resources to help them.
An astonishing 50% of women and around 25% of men will at some point be subject to non-rape sexual assault.
Back in 2008, Massachusetts declared domestic violence to be a public health emergency.
There were as many as 266 victims that were murdered because of intimate partner violence, and 74 of the perpetrators were killed also.
41.8% of women and 23% of Michigan men will deal with domestic violence during their lifetime.
There were 103,331 reported domestic violence incidents in 2009. Several others were left unreported.
Just about 18.2% of Michigan women have been stalked by a partner or ex-partner at some point in their lifetime.
33.7% of women and 23.5% of men living in Minnesota have experienced some form of domestic violence at one time or another.
There were an estimated 80% of domestic violence victims back in 2002, that did not report the violence to the police.
1 in 3 women that were homeless in Minnesota, were homeless because of domestic violence.
40.1% of women and 25.8% of men living in the state of Mississippi have experienced domestic violence of some form at least once in their lifetime.
During a random phone survey time period in 2014, there were 181 calls to a local or state violence hotline in a single day. Just about 7 hotline calls were coming in every hour.
Mississippi has dropped from the 5th highest female fatalities in the country to 34th in the nation, especially because of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office Domestic Violence Unit that was put in place.
36.1% of women and 40.4% of men living in Missouri have experienced domestic violence in some form at one time or another.
1 in 7 women has been sexually abused in the state of Missouri.
In 2012, there were as many as 1,504 rapes or attempted rapes that were reported.
39.2% of women and 32.6% of men living in Montana have dealt with domestic violence at least once during their lifetime.
On a single day in 2014, there were 238 domestic violence victims being served, where 122 of those were children and 116 were adults.
These are facts leading up to 2020, what facts would you like to see on this list?