Domestic Violence Statistics
• Annually in Texas, approximately 35% of the women murdered are killed by their intimate male partner; this is higher than the national average (28%) and almost a million women are physically abused.
• Uniform Crime Report for 2007 (most recent) reports 2,677 police reports of family violence in Fort Bend County (103 sexual assaults).
• The Women’s Center served 1,652 victims of family violence in 2009. Our shelter turned away 585 families due to lack of space.
• According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, women’s centers across the state only serve between 2 and 4 percent of existing victims.
• Despite popular belief, domestic abuse is not only a woman’s issue. Child abuse occurs in 30-60% of family violence cases that involve families with children.
• 40% of girls age 14-17 report knowing someone their age who have been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
• Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, and workforce sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.
• Men are victims too. FBWC served 27 men in 2008 and 15 in 2009 needing help.
2008 Texas Domestic Abuse Statistics
• 189,401 family violence incidents in 2007
• 136 women were killed by their intimate partner
• 11,776 adults received shelter from their abusive relationships
• 15,591 children received shelter
• 74% of Texans have either experienced domestic violence themselves, or have a family member or a friend have experienced some form of domestic violence.
• 47% of Texans report having personally experienced at least one form of domestic violence, including severe, verbal and/or forced isolation from friends and family at some point in their lifetime.
• 31% of Texans report that they have been severely abused at some point in their lifetime. Women report severe abuse at a higher rate than men.
• 75% of Texans report that they would be likely to call the police if they were to experience some form of domestic violence. Yet only 20% indicated that they actually did call the police when they or a family member experienced domestic violence.
• 73% of Texans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem in Texas.
• 84% percent of Texans report that they believe they can personally do something about domestic violence.
• 78% of Texans said they would be more likely to vote for a political candidate who helped victims of domestic violence.
• 74% of Texans recall recent communications concerning domestic violence.
• 77% of Hispanic Texans indicate that they, a family member and/or a friend have experienced some form of domestic violence. This indicates that approximately 5.2 million Hispanic Texans are personally affected by the epidemic of domestic violence. If the current prevalence rates remain the same, by the year 2030, more than 12.2 million Hispanic Texans could be personally affected by domestic violence.
• Two out of every five Hispanic Texas females (39%) reported experiencing severe abuse.
• One out of every five Hispanic Texas females (18%) reported being forced to have sex against their will.
• 40% of Hispanic Texans who reported experiencing at least one form of domestic violence took no action.
Source: Texas Council on Family Violence