Domestic Violence in the U.S.

Using data from the Violence Policy Center, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Center for American Progress, Melissa Jeltsen and Alissa Shlesser of the Huffington Post compiled some facts about domestic violence in the U.S. in their article "At Least A Third Of All Women Murdered in the U.S. Are Killed By Male Partners."

The data show that, between 2003 and 2012, one third (34 percent) of female homicide victims were killed by intimate male partners.  In contrast, only 2.5 percent of male homicide victims were killed by an intimate female partner.  The data also show that women are more likely to experience intimate partner violence, but it's important to note that men are less likely to report being victims of domestic violence, so official figures may underestimate the extent of male domestic violence victimization.



Over 50 percent of the women who were killed by male intimate partners were shot.  Rates of domestic homicide are highest in Nevada, Alaska, and in Southern states.



For more information about domestic violence, check out the slide presentation from Michael Planty's (chief of Victimization Statistics with the Bureau of Justice Statistics) appearance on C-SPAN's America by the Numbers segment of “Washington Journal,” a television interview program that allows the public to call in or email their views. The program highlighted trends in domestic violence in America from 1994 to 2013, including data on who commits domestic violence, characteristics of the victims, why victims do not report domestic violence to police, the offender's use of a weapon, who receives assistance from victim services organizations, and who sought medical treatment. For comparison, the show included estimates of violence committed by strangers or known acquaintances of the victims.

The BJS slide presentation is available at http://www.bjs.gov, where you can also access full BJS reports on domestic violence, such as:

  • Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003–2012 (NCJ 244697, April 2014)
  • Intimate Partner Violence: Attributes of Victimization, 1993–2011 (NCJ 243300, November 2013)
  • Intimate Partner Violence, 1993–2010(NCJ 239203, November 2012). 

These, and other crime and justice data, are available from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/).

Read more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/09/men-killing-women-domesti_n_5927140.html
http://www.bjs.gov
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/

TeachingwithData.org resources:
Gun Violence in America (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3864)
Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3317)
Fear of Crime (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3155)
Crime Victimization in the US: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3437)
Generational Trends in Attitudes about Gun Ownership: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3448)
Crime and Victims Statistics (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3261)
Frederique Laubepin

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