Domestic Violence Quick Facts:
- Nearly one in four adult women is a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. 1
- On average, three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in America. 2
- On September 17, 2013, 978 survivors of domestic violence were served by Colorado domestic violence programs. Five hundred and seventeen (262 children and 255 adults) found safe haven in emergency shelters or transitional housing; 461 children and adults received non-residential assistance, such as counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups. However, 205 requests for assistance could not be met (155 of were for housing) because domestic violence victim advocacy programs lacked the resources to meet the need.3
- Women are at an increased risk of harm shortly after separation from an abusive partner.4
1U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (July 2000). Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey. Washington, DC. Tjaden, P.,& Thoennes, N).
2 Bureau of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Homicide Trends from 1976-1999, (2001).
3 2013 Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services. (These numbers represent figures from the 45 programs in Colorado who were able to participate in the survey and therefore do not encapsulate all of the victim services provided or needs unmet in Colorado on September 17, 2013)
4 Bachman, R. and Salzman, L., Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Against Women: Estimates From the Redesigned Survey 1 (January 2000).