In the United States, domestic violence accounts for about 20 percent of the nonfatal violent crime women experience and three percent of the nonfatal violent crime men experience.Harm levels vary from simple assault to homicide, with secondary harms to child witnesses. Domestic violence calls can be quite challenging for police as they are likely to observe repetitive abuse against the same victims, who may not be able to or may not want to part from their abusers.
Of the 713 officers feloniously slain in the United States between 19, 33 percent (235 officers) were slain while intervening in a crime. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (2004). The frequency of the call likely makes claims of dangerousness in terms of injury to officers overblown as well. In addition, police must address a range of disputes among intimates, former intimates, and family members that may or may not involve violence, including Some of these related problems are covered in other guides in this series, all of which are listed at the end of this guide. Researchers agree that women suffer the lion’s share of injuries from domestic violence. Women living as partners with other women report lower rates of violence (11 percent) compared to women who live with or were married to men (30 percent).About 8 percent of men living with or married to women report that they were physically abused by the women. About 15 percent of men cohabitating with men reported victimization by a male partner. † From 1994 through 2001, the rate of every major violent and property crime also steeply declined: homicide/manslaughter (down 40 percent); rape/sexual assault (down 56 percent); robbery (down 53 percent); aggravated assault (down 56 percent); simple assault (down 46 percent); household burglary (down 51 percent); motor vehicle theft (down 52 percent); theft (down 47 percent). Domestic violence homicides have declined in similar proportions as well.