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Publication Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances

Matthew R. Durose, Caroline Wolf Harlow, Ph.D., Patrick A. Langan, Ph.D., Mark Motivans, Ph.D., Ramona R. Rantala, Erica L. Schmitt

June 12, 2005    NCJ 207846

Compares family and nonfamily violence statistics from victimization through the different stages of the justice system. Family violence is defined as all types of violent crime committed by an offender who is related to the victim and includes spouse abuse, parental violence against a child, and violence among other family members. Nonfamily relationships used for comparison include boyfriends and girlfriends, friends and acquaintances, and strangers. Data are drawn from victimization surveys, official police statistics, State and Federal court statistics, and surveys of inmates in State prisons and local jails.

Highlights:

  • Family violence accounted for 11% of all reported and unreported violence between 1998 and 2002.
  • About 22% of murders in 2002 were family murders.
  • 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.

Press Release
Full Report (PDF 1M)
Full Report (ASCII file 34K)
Full Report - Zip format (Spreadsheet 136K)
Reported and unreported family violence (PDF 739K)
Reported and unreported family violence - Zip format (Spreadsheet 15K)
Reported and unreported family violence - Source data (HTML)
Fatal family violence (PDF 718K)
Fatal family violence - Zip format (Spreadsheet 9K)
Fatal family violence - Source data (HTML)
Family violence reported to police (PDF 727K)
Family violence reported to police - Zip format (Spreadsheet 12K)
Family violence reported to police - Source data (HTML)
Family violence recorded by police (PDF 779K)
Family violence recorded by police - Zip format (Spreadsheet 22K)
Family violence recorded by police - Source data (HTML)
State prosecution of family assault (PDF 726K)
State prosecution of family assault - Zip format (Spreadsheet 42K)
State prosecution of family assault - Source data (HTML)
Federal prosecution of domestic violence (PDF 704K)
Federal prosecution of domestic violence - Zip format (Spreadsheet 5K)
Federal prosecution of domestic violence - Source data (HTML)
Family violence offenders in prison (PDF 735K)
Family violence offenders in prison - Zip format (Spreadsheet 14K)
Family violence offenders in prison - Source data (HTML)
Family violence offenders in jail (PDF 734K)
Family violence offenders in jail - Zip format (Spreadsheet 34K)
Family violence offenders in jail - Source data (HTML)
Methodology and Appendix (PDF 691K)
Methodology and Appendix - Zip format (Spreadsheet 8K)
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