In 2005, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 27,401 domestic-related crimecalls – one every 19 minutes...
Many of the signs women are taught to interpret as caring, attentive, and romantic are actually early warning signs for future abuse. Some examples include:
INTRUSION: Constantly asks you where you are going, who you are with, etc.
ISOLATION: Insists that you spend all or most of your time together, cutting you off from friends and family.
POSSESSION AND JEALOUSY: Accuses you of flirting/having sexual relationships with others; monitors your clothing/make-up.
NEED FOR CONTROL: Displays extreme anger when things do not go his way; attempts to make all of your decisions.
UNKNOWN PASTS / NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN: Secretive about past relationships; refers to women with negative remarks, etc.
The statistics on this page are specific to the District of Columbia and were compiled by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
31,815 domestic violence - related calls were made to the Metropolitan Police Department, approximately 1 every 17 minutes
Source: Metropolitan Police Department, 2013
4,673 petitions for Civil Protection Orders were filed in 2012, a 7% increase in filings from 2011.
5,478 people were served at the two Domestic Violence Intake Center (DVIC) locations in 2012. The DC Superior Court location served 3,465 clients, and the DVIC satellite office in Southeast Washington (DVIC - SE) served 2,013.
In 2012 there was a 63% increase in the number of DVIC/DVIC - SE clients served who identified as Asian.
In 2012 there was a 26% increase in the number of DVIC/DVIC - SE clients served who identified as transgender.
In 2012 there was a 48 % increase in the number of DVIC/DVIC - SE clients served who sought services because they were victims of stalking. Source: District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, 2012
On one day in 2012...
...69 requests by victims for services went unmet. 88% of these unmet requests were for housing assistance, a 14% increase over 2011. The most common reasons for being unable to serve victims were: no available beds or funding for hotel stay; not enough specialized services; not enough staff; and, not enough funding for needed programs and services.
...447 victims were served by local domestic violence service providers.
Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2013