Domestic Violence Statistics

Domestic violence is a serious problem that can cause great harm, both mentally and physically. Our Durham domestic violence attorney is here to help bring awareness to this situation that happens more than most realize. Below, you’ll find statistics from from the state of North Carolina.

NC Statistics | Durham Domestic Violence Attorney

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.
  • Having a gun in the home increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, approximately 15 calls every minute.
  • 1,678 victims were served in a single day in North Carolina in 2014 – 860 domestic violence victims (432 children and 428 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
  • In a 24-hour survey period in 2014 in North Carolina, local and state hotlines answered 637 calls, averaging more than 26 hotline calls every hour.
  • In North Carolina in 2013, more than 75 percent of the perpetrators of domestic violence-related homicides were male. This is consistent with national data that show males are often the perpetrators of serious cases of domestic violence.
  • There were 108 domestic violence-related homicides in 2013 in North Carolina. Around two people died per week from domestic violence in 2013.

Child Domestic Violence Statistics | Durham Domestic Violence Attorney

  • 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household. Source: Edelson, J.L. (1999). “The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Woman Battering.” Violence Against Women. 5:134-154.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. Source: Strauss, Gelles, and Smith, “Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence” in 8,145 Families. Transaction Publishers (1990).
  • Children who were exposed to violence in the home are 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average. Source: Volpe, J.S., “Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Adolescents: An Overview”, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, 1996.
  • Compared with children in other households, children who have been exposed to domestic violence often suffer from insomnia and have trouble with bed-wetting. They also are more likely to experience difficulties in school and to score lower on assessments of verbal, motor, and cognitive skills, and are more likely to exhibit aggressive and antisocial behavior, to be depressed and anxious, and to have slower cognitive development. Source: Fantuzzo, J. and Mohr, W. (1999). “Prevalence and effects of child exposure to domestic violence.” The Future of Children, 9(3), 21-32.26. Schechter, S. and Edleson, J.L. (2000). Domestic violence and children: Creating a public response. Center on Crime, Communities and Culture for the Open Society Institute.
  • Court statistics show that children are present during domestic or intimate partner violence incidents in 36% of cases; of those children who were present, 60% directly witnessed the violence. Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Female Victims of Violence,” September 2009.
  • Males exposed to domestic violence as children are more likely to engage in domestic violence as adults, and females are more likely to be victims as adults. Source: Whitfield, C., Anda, R., Dube, S., and Felitti, V. (2003). “Violent childhood experiences and the risk of intimate partner violence as adults.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(12).
  • The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence. Studies from various countries support the findings that rates of abuse are higher among women whose husbands were abused as children or who saw their mothers being abused. Source: “Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children.” UNICEF, Child Protection Section and The Body Shop International (2006).

According to, “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.”

Unfortunatly, domestic violence happens all around us when we least expect it. That’s why our attorney strives to provide you with statistics and facts that help bring awareness.

If you’re interested in learning more about domestic violence so that you can bring awareness to others that might not realize the severity of the situation, visit back with our next blog post. We will have more statistics that deal with this on a national level.


If you or someone you know lives in the Durham, NC area and are a victim of or have been charged with domestic abuse and/or domestic violence, contact Durham domestic violence attorney Kevin Jones for help.

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